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Manchester United & Arsenal fall behind in Morata transfer race

Morata has an eye for goal.
Morata has an eye for goal..

Manchester United and Arsenal appear to have fallen behind in the race to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

According to unnamed Italian sources cited by talkSPORT, Inter Milan have edged ahead after tabling a £15 million offer for the Spanish U21 international.

21-year-old Morata - who boasts a frighteningly impressive goalscoring record at international level - signed for Real from neighbours Getafe back in 2008 and has since proudly progressed from youth level all the way through to the club's first-team setup.

Although clearly held in high regard at Real Madrid, Morata has found regular starts increasingly difficult to come by with Karim Benzema - who was subject to criticism from the stands earlier this season - now positively flourishing as part of a formidable three-pronged attack that also includes summer signing Gareth Bale and 2013 Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Indeed, Morata has featured on just 16 occasions in La Liga so far this season, notching four goals in that time.

Such a lack of first-team action has seen the player linked with a move away from Real Madrid, with Manchester United having been linked with an interest as well as rivals Arsenal.

Long-serving Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a desperate need for a new striker, with Olivier Giroud struggling to replicate the sort of form that had the Gunners in the hunt for the title earlier this season and back-up Nicklas Bendtner out of contract in just a few months time.

Manchester United are expected to lavish significant funds on new signings this summer in a presumed attempt to help David Moyes ensure that the current disappointment and disillusionment being felt at Old Trafford does not persist, although it is questionable if a new striker should feature at the very top of their list of priorities.

And while it appears that for the moment Inter appear to be leading the race for Morata, it is believed that Real Madrid are holding out for a fee in the region of £20 million.

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