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Arsenal eye formal bid for Spanish international – reports

By on January 12, 2017

According to a report in the Mirror, Arsenal are ready to renew their interest in Alvaro Morata and are preparing a formal bid for the Spanish international striker.

As many of you will know, we’ve been constantly linked with Morata in recent years and reports back in the summer claimed that Arsene Wenger was desperate to lure the forward to the Emirates.

We eventually missed out as Madrid exercised their buy-back option to take the 24-year-old back to the Bernabeu from Juventus but predictably Morata has struggled to make an impression with the La Liga giants.

The Spaniard has started just 7 of Madrid’s league and Champions League games so this campaign and while a few niggling injuries have played their part, it’s clear Morata isn’t regarded as an important first team player by Zinedine Zidane.

The Mirror are citing a report from Spanish outlet OK Diario that claims Morata is now interested in leaving Madrid in search of regular football and once again Arsenal are being linked with a move.

The newspaper says that Arsene Wenger is ready to renew his interest in the striker and is close to launching a formal bid for his services with the boss hoping to entice the player with the promise of regular game time.

So, what to make of these reports? Well, I have my doubts about their validity as I personally don’t think Arsenal will be launching a bid for Morata or any other striker this month.

Alexis Sanchez has adapted well to being moved up front and is now our first choice striker while Olivier Giroud has just committed his future to the club after signing a new long-term contract.

Lucas Perez is also started to show us why Wenger spent £18m on his signature in the summer while Danny Welbeck has just made his long-awaited comeback following several months on the sidelines, so we have plenty of options up front.

However, no doubt Wenger is a fan of Morata and he may very well be keeping an eye on his situation during the second half of the season as the boss lines-up potential replacements of Sanchez IF the Chilean refuses to sign a new deal.

Alexis is in the last 18 months of his contract and we’ve so far been unable to agree terms over an extension so if he makes it clear he won’t be signing a new deal by the summer, then we may be forced to cash in and a move for Morata could then become a realistic target.

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