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Arsenal fall behind in Alvaro Morata transfer race

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Arsenal target Alvaro Morata is being linked with a move to Wolfsburg after the Bundesliga outfit tabled a bid for the 21-year-old.

The Independent cites reports in Spain when claiming that a €20million offer has been made for the Real Madrid forward.

Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in the youngster, who bagged eight La Liga goals last season, but the Gunners now appear to have fallen behind in the race for the player.

Despite increased involvement at the Santiago Bernabeu last season, Morata remains on the periphery in the Spanish capital, making a large proportion of his 23 league appearances from off the bench last season.

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Karim Benzema remains the first choice forward for manager Carlo Ancelotti, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Angel di Maria are all options behind the front-line striker.

This incredible competition for places could see the Spanish U21 international leave the Champions League winners, and Wolfsburg director Klaus Allofs is set to travel to Madrid next week to try and negotiate a deal.

Juventus had also been linked with a move for the player, but the paper claims the Serie ‘A’ champions only offered €18million - as well as a five-year deal - for the player.

Both clubs appear to have moved before Arsenal, as Wenger weighs up his options in attack ahead of the new season. The Frenchman is short of a striker at the Emirates Stadium, and has been linked with a number of possible targets.

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Mario Mandzukic is another name to have been mentioned alongside the Gunners, whilst mercurial striker Mario Balotelli would get pulses racing if he were to arrive in north London.

Olivier Giroud is currently the first choice striker at Arsenal, whilst Joel Campbell and Carlos Vela could both return before the new season begins post-World Cup.

Morata would offer the Gunners something different to the aforementioned players, but would clearly clearly come at a price given the growing interest in his services.

With plenty of years ahead of him, his arrival at Arsenal would be a significant coup for the club, and with Wenger’s track record of getting the best out of young players in the capital, it would surely benefit Morata himself.

If the former Getafe youth player wants to break into the Spain national team as well, then he’d benefit from playing regular from playing regular first team football in the English top flight.

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