Arsenal & Liverpool strike saviour opens door to move

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Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has reacted positively to persistent speculation linking the young forward with a January loan switch to either Arsenal or Liverpool, insisting that he is not frightened to look elsewhere if first-team opportunities at the Bernabeu are limited.

Arsenal have reportedly offered Madrid around €2m to add Morata as strike cover for Olivier Giroud for the rest of the season, with that chase forced into focus by Theo Walcott's season-ending knee injury.

Liverpool are also believed to monitoring Morata's situation closely as the Spanish youth international keeps his options, claiming that his ultimate goal remains to make the grade at Madrid while refusing to rule out the possibility of a short-term exit.

Morata is quoted by Sky Sports as telling Minuto 116: "Real Madrid have been my team since I was little and will be all my life, but I think the important thing is to have a relevant role in the team.

"If I ever feel that's not the case, I would look at other options. In football, it's very difficult to stay at the top and even more so in a team like Real.

"Moving up to the first team is tricky, not everyone deals with it well. If you learn how to handle it, you realise the value of every minute.

"Maybe in five or 10 minutes you have to go on and be decisive in a game. In football every minute is golden."

The 21-year-old has been brought into Madrid's first-team fold by Carlo Ancelotti this season, scoring twice in 10 La Liga appearances including a maiden full league start against Malaga.

Karim Benzema currently stands in the starlet's way though, making the prospect of a five-month move across Europe in search of regular game time a realistic proposition.

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