Arsenal’s dire need for a new striker this summer is well documented.
Ever since Robin van Persie’s departure to Manchester United in 2012, the Gunners have struggled for a consistent goalscorer to spearhead their attack.
Olivier Giroud has done an admirable job since signing four years ago yet he’s not the world-class centre forward that a club of Arsenal’s size requires.
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Arsene Wenger is certainly on the right lines this time around in targeting Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Alvaro Morata of Juventus, but whilst the former seems to be on his way, the latter could end up at a Premier League rival.
According to the Telegraph, Chelsea have stolen a march on Arsenal and opened talks to sign Morata.
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They’re also interested in signing wantaway Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, but it seems they hold higher hopes of luring the Spain international.
If it was at all possible, Morata’s future just even more complicated.
Arsenal remain interested in the 23-year-old despite rumours that they’re on the verge of signing Vardy, but the bigger issue lies in Real Madrid’s involvement.
Los Blancos plan to exercise Morata’s £23 million buy-back clause and then re-sell him for a profit, but what progress they’ve made in trying to do so is anyone’s guess.
What’s clear, though, is that any potential suitor will have to stump up £40 million to sign him.
Everything else is just a blur. Whilst some reports suggest Arsenal are in talks to sign Morata, who would jump at the chance to join them, others claim he wants to stay in Turin and shun any advances from Real, Chelsea and the Gunners.
Something tells me we’re in for another lengthy transfer saga.
Where Arsenal’s move for Vardy is concerned, the England international’s £20 million buy-out clause has been triggered by manager Wenger and it’s now up to the striker where he plays next term.
And Riyad Mahrez could join him, because according to The Sun, the Algerian is also in talks with the north Londoners over a potential move.
This is Arsenal we’re talking about, though - it’s worth taking any rumour involving the Gunners with a pinch of salt.
Nevertheless, fans will now be eagerly waiting for any Vardy-related news, with opinion entirely split over whether the 29-year-old would be a good signing or not.
But should he arrive alongside Mahrez, expect Twitter to go into overdrive.