The Gunners are set to compete with London rivals Chelsea in a battle to sign Spanish striker Alvaro Morata from Spanish giant Real Madrid but the reigning European champions must reduce their asking price from £57million.
The striker’s agent Juanma Lopez is ready for discussions with senior officials at Real Madrid this week and Morata would like the chance to prove himself at the Spain capital club. According to Standard Sport, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is interested in Morata and was pivotal in inserting the £23m buy-back clause which the club activated last month to bring him back from Juventus.
French striker Karim Benzema remains Real Madrid’s first-choice number 9 and Morata could decide on leaving the club, if he is not given assurances over regular action.
The 23-year-old striker scored three goals at Euro 2016 and thought he is ready to lead the attack at a top European club. Spanish giant Real have already claimed a willingness to listen to offers for the striker in the knowledge they can make a huge profit on a player not paramount to their immediate plans.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been an admirer of Morata, having monitored his progress since he was a teenager in Real Madrid’s youth set-up, and is keen to strengthen the Arsenal’s forward line.
Alvaro Morata is Wenger’s first choice transfer targe, but during his time at Euro 2016 working as a television pundit for Bein Sport, he has met with Alexandre Lacazette’s agents and asked to be updated on the player’s availability.