Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata may be prepared to force a temporary move from the Santiago Bernabeu in order to gain more regular game time for the remainder of the season. Arsenal, however, will have to fend off competition from both Fiorentina and Inter Milan.
It had initially been claimed that Madrid are not interested in allowing Morata to leave the club, with any potential January business dismissed by manager Carlo Ancelotti, but it would appear this stance could be altered before the deadline.
El Confidencial reports that, with Karim Benzema, Jese and Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of him, Morata is desperate for more minutes and Real Madrid may look to make a final decision on his future towards the end of the month.
Arsenal have frequently linked with an approach for the 21-year-old as Arsene Wenger strives to recruit goalscoring reinforcements following the season-ending cruciate ligament injury sustained by Theo Walcott.
The Gunners are reported to be considering both a loan bid and a permanent transfer in the region of €18 million, although the Premier League leaders are not the only club credited with interest in the young Spaniard.
Fiorentina and Inter Milan have both asked about the availability of Morata and his short-term future continues to remain unclear.