Real Madrid starlet Alvaro Morata has attracted the attention of a host of Barclays Premier League clubs reports skysports.com.
The Spanish youth striker is currently playing for Madrid’s B side Castilla, and has scored eight goals in his last six appearances, including a hat-trick against Deportivo La Coruna’s second team last weekend.
Scouts from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were present in Madrid, casting their eye over the 18-year-old teenage ace who has been likened to former Real star striker Fernando Morientes.
Arsene Wenger is always on the look out for up and coming stars of the future and has pinpointed Morata - who is widely regarded as one of the Bernabeau’s hottest young prospects, as a player that would fit in to Arsenal’s long-term future and will attempt to bring him to the Emirates at the end of the current campaign.
They may face competition from North-London rivals Tottenham, with Harry Redknapp also in the market for striker additions ahead of the likely departure of want-away Russian Roman Pavlyuchenko, who has endured a torrid time at Spurs with first team opportunities limited meaning he is now seeking a move away from White Hart Lane.
Both teams may struggle to prise the star away from Madrid, who have recently had strike problems of their own after the long-term injury sustained by Gonzalo Higuain.
Morata had been put forward as a possible solution to their striker shortage but Real boss Jose Mourinho opted for him to finish the season with Castilla rather than promoting him straight into the first team, and instead moved for former Arsenal and current Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan.
Manchester United were strongly linked with a move for Morata in the January transfer window with Sir Alex Ferguson also a known admirer of the player’s talent. Some reports suggested that the Red Devils had in fact made an official bid in an attempt to bring Morata to Old Trafford, but Mourinho quickly ruled out a move.
Sources in the Spanish media suggest that Real will reject all offers made for Morata in the summer, on the basis that he has huge future potential.
Having tasted his first senior action earlier in the season with Levante in the Copa Del Rey, Morata may be allowed to move on loan again next season, but a transfer to England – regardless of whether a bid comes from Arsenal, Tottenham or Manchester United would seem unlikely.