Arsenal are planning a January swoop for Real Madrid duo Iker Casillas and Alvaro Morata, reports the London Metro.
Arsene Wenger has seen the impact Mesut Ozil has made since he moved to north London from the Santiago Bernabeu, and has not given up hope of landing Casillas and Morata.
Casillas has struggled to make the starting XI since he injured his wrist in early 2013 and hasn’t been able to be back to his best, with then manager Jose Mourinho - as well as current manager Carlo Ancelotti - preferring Diego Lopez in goal ahead of him.
The World Cup 2010 winner has only featured in Real Madrid’s Champions League campaign this season.
The 32-year-old has tremendous competition in hand to make the World Cup squad for Spain next year, with the likes of Pepe Reina and David De Gea featuring regularly for their respective clubs.
The Real Madrid veteran expressed his desire to play more frequently, and now has to make a quick decision in order to keep his World Cup dreams alive.
Spanish U21 striker Morata is the subject of interest for many top clubs across Europe but won’t miss the opportunity to play at Arsenal if he is guaranteed regular starts. But, the Gunners might run into Premier League rivals Tottenham, who too are monitoring his situation.
Wenger only has Frenchman Olivier Giroud as the main striker and will be in the market for a forward this January transfer window.
He has quality talent at Arsenal but to continue with the splendid performances in the Premier League and Champions League - where they face Bayern Munich in the last 16 - Wenger knows that more world-class talent is needed to guide the club forward and end their barren run of eight years without a trophy.
A permanent deal for Casillas looks certain, but Madrid might only be interested in loaning Morata for a six-month spell, which would suit all parties.
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