Arsenal are set to step up their pursuit of Juventus striker Alvaro Morata after it was confirmed that England international Danny Welbeck could be out of action for up to nine months.
This has been reported by the Mirror, who claim that the north London outfit have made Morata their No.1 striker transfer target ahead of the opening of the summer window.
The report claims, however, that if the Gunners fail to secure the services of the forward then they could swoop for Inter Milan ace Mauro Icardi.
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It certainly wouldn't come as a surprise if Arsene Wenger and co. added to their striker ranks before the start of the 2016/17 campaign.
Welbeck, who has struggled with injury problems since signing for the club from Manchester United back in 2014, won't be available until the second half of next season, so it's clear that the club must find an adequate replacement.
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Arsenal striker problems
There have also been problems with Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, too. England international Walcott has spent a great deal of time on the bench, while Giroud hasn't been able to score the required amount of goals to lead the club's title charge.
There's every chance, then, that the club will look to invest in a new forward and it appears that they have their sights set on Morata.
But it won't be easy for the club to land him. The same report from the Mirror claims that Spanish giants Real Madrid have a buy-back option on him, but it remains to be seen as to whether Zinedine Zidane's side make their move.
Morata, 23, may well be recognised as one of the most talented young forwards in Europe, but he's not exactly had an outstanding season at Italian giants Juventus.
Indeed, he has failed to maintain a regular place in the club's starting XI and has netted just seven goals from 33 Serie A outings this term.
Perhaps, though, regular football in north London would help him come to prominence. It would certainly represent a gamble for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, but it's one that he may well have to take after Welbeck's major setback. One thing is for sure, it looks set to be a summer of change at the Emirates.
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