Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that striker Alvaro Morata will be allowed to leave the Bernabeu this summer. The 21-year-old striker, who has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Tottenham, is keen to play more minutes with his next club.
Speaking during a presentation of his official website at the Italian Embassy, Ancelotti was quoted by Spanish newspaper AS as telling reporters: "[Morata] wants to play more minutes and the club agrees.
"If he could find the chance of playing it would be good that he had the chance for a year. If Morata goes then we'll have to think about signing a similar striker with the same characteristics, a youngster".
Real Madrid have been strongly linked with a move for prolific Liverpool striker Luis Suarez - and selling Morata would free up a spot in the European champions' squad for the Uruguay international. However, the 27-year-old does not fit the profile of striker Ancelotti mentions, while the South American would cost Los Blancos upwards of £70 million to sign.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, though, will now be optimistic he can land Morata. Although north London rivals Tottenham are keen, the Spain Under-21 international may favour a move to the Gunners, who won the 2014 FA Cup and will be competing in next season's Champions League campaign after securing a fourth-placed finish.
Wenger attempted to bring Morata in on loan towards the end of the January transfer window, but failed to get a deal done in time. However, Morata will be aware that Wenger has a long-standing interest in his services.
Still, the £25m-rated Spanish striker may opt for a move elsewhere if Arsenal cannot guarantee him the playing time he desires.