Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking to wrap up a deal to bring Alvaro Morata to the Emirates Stadium as quickly as possible.
According to the Daily Express, the 21-year-old forward is willing to listen to offers after becoming frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities under Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid. Arsenal have been long-term admirers of the Spain under-21 international, and Wenger is reportedly lining him up as an alternative to Olivier Giroud.
The Gunners have suffered from a lack of options up front, with Giroud the club’s only senior striker capable of finding the net on a regular basis. Nicklas Bendtner looks set to depart this summer while Yaya Sanogo has shown nothing to suggest he could be Arsenal’s first-choice centre-forward of the future.
But Arsenal will have to be quick if they want to land their man, with Real Madrid keen to talk him into staying at the Bernabeu if possible.
Carlo Ancelotti recently lavished praise on the forward, saying he’s done a “great job” for the team this season and that he hopes “he stays at Real Madrid” because he “needs him."
But he’s out of contract at the end of next season, so is in a strong negotiating position this summer with Inter Milan thought to be interested along with Arsenal.
The Gunners reportedly believe Morata could be convinced to leave if the package is right, and they believe around £10m could be enough to convince Real Madrid to part with his services.