Arsenal Back In Talks For Morata + Reports Of €30m Attacker Bid

By on January 25, 2014

Arsenal have resumed talks with Real Madrid about the loan signing of young striker Alvaro Morata and our bid for Julian Draxler was for just €30m (£25m), according to reports today.

Morata was a player that was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates at the start of January but speculation quietened down in recent days after Carlo Ancelotti insisted the youngster wouldn’t be leaving this month.

However, the Daily Mail are reporting today that we are back in talks with Madrid and haven’t given up hope of persuading them to let the 21-year-old striker leave on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Morata is barely playing at the Bernabeu with the likes of Benzema, Ronaldo and Jesse all ahead of him in the pecking order, so a loan would certainly do him some good as he should get plenty of playing time with us. Hopefully we can persuade Real to let him go as he could be a useful addition.

While talk of Morata has died down in recent days, the same can not be said of Julian Draxler. The German attacking midfielder has been filling the back pages this week with various reports suggesting we’re closing in on his signature.

Last night news broke from Germany that we had agreed a fee with Schalke but the Mirror claim those reports are a little premature.

While the paper confirms we are in advanced talks and are keen on bringing the 20-year-old to north London this month, they claim our initial offer was just €30m (£25m) plus add ons which falls short of Schalke’s valuation.

Draxler has a €45m (£37m) buy-out clause in his contract, which can only be activated in the summer, and it seems the Germans are demanding the full value of that release fee to let Draxler go this month.

However, the Mirror do suggest that a compromise is likely to be reached as Arsene Wenger is keen to complete a deal this month to avoid having to face stiffer competition in the summer.

Mandzukic tipped for Arsenal move

The newspaper also reported earlier today that Draxler himself is ‘desperate’ for the deal to happen before the window closes this month, which further suggests a move is likely to be struck, so fingers crossed we can get this one finalised before the window closes in six days time.


  1. Lau

    January 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    It’s about time Wenger signs this kid if the gunners are to get a trophy this season. It’s been a while since the last trophy and with Walcott out for the rest of the season i believe this kid will boost the squad.

  2. Ibrahim Muhammed

    January 26, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Up Gunners to all my fans, I agree for that statement of Wenga he should try as much as posible to buy those players, becus we are hungry for trophy, how long are we goin to stay like this without trophy, I urge every of our players to keep it up, I can see their performances, is good and well Ok, I urge them to keep it up like that till the end of this season, I Thank you all.

  3. Bigberry needom

    January 26, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Its high time arsene wenger reach to out silva wear…i can observe some funny step from mourhino salling juan mata to man u.cause he want to see man city and arsenal falling…pls pls pls arsene wenger pls belt up n fight for trophy ..to all my gunners fans wonderful catch to trophy celebration….

    • Bigberry needom

      January 26, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Julian draxler and mandzukic is a wonderful line up with giroud…it will boost attracking force and their must be a raise of goals…..

  4. Perez

    January 26, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Wenger please, focus on the bundesliga duo(Draxler and Mandzukic) to boost our attacking force. Just leave out morata for now.

  5. frank mpee

    January 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

    its always sickening to be an Arsenal fan when tranferday opens each season. Arsenal are the only big club that always has speculations about tranfers going on to the the last deadline day of transfer. Let those at the helm of affairs start behaving like they are managing a worldclass team and pull of deals like an industry player. Arsenal! wake up

  6. frank mpee

    January 27, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Arsenal started speculating their position of signing Draxler way back as at last season before even Chelsea thought of pulling of deals for the likes of Willian, Etoo, Matic, and recently, Salah and also before Manchester Utd thought of Mata and yet, Arsenal are still struggling with signing Draxler and a centre foward. Arsenal should change the way we do business and at least respect the integrity of its supporters.

  7. frank mpee

    January 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Arsenal Supporters, let’s start to speak vehemently about the way Arsenal Directors behave when pulling of deals. We are always tired with the speculations in the media. Our frustrations have made numerous fans attack the integrity of the German journalist, @JanAageFjortoft on twitter because he broke the news about Arsenal’s imminent signing of Draxler