Arsenal are in pole position to sign highly-rated striker Alvaro Morata ahead of Chelsea, according to reports from the Mirror.
Morata’s future has become a hot topic this summer after the youngster headed back to his former team when Real Madrid triggered a £23m buyback clause his contract.
The Spanish international is set to decide on his future, whether to remain with the La Liga club and fight for his place or move on to find regular first team football, but the general feeling is that Madrid will sell him for a quick profit.
The 23-year-old’s recent performances have caught the attention of big clubs around Europe, with the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal amongst the clubs who’ve strongly been linked with a potential move for the Spanish ace in recent weeks.
However reports from Mirror, earlier today claim that the Gunners now in pole position to sign the striker as the Emirates club can offer him regular playing time in elite competitions.
Morata’s agent has already confirmed that offers have been tabled from the Premier League and Chelsea were in the driving seat until a few days back but the latest report has it that Morata is not in favour of a move to due to their absence in the Champions League which will be good news for the Gunners.
Chelsea seem to be doing all they can in luring some elite players to the blue half of London without Champions League but apparently, that is high on Morata’s list, which makes Arsenal the favorites for his signature if he departs from the Bernabeu Stadium.
The Mirror also reported that Arsenal have not lost interest in signing the Spaniard despite the £65m asking price. It is quite difficult to believe these reports as I don’t see Wenger spending so much on a striker who scored just 27 goals in the last two years, a stat which looks poor in comparison to Giroud’s stats over the same period.
Morata is a great young talent and has the potential to become a great hitman. Although, his performances with Juventus were not too impressive, I think with the help of Mesut Ozil he can be more of a threat and in turn score more goals at the Emirates Stadium. However, it remains to be seen if Wenger really takes that huge a gamble on Morata.