The Real Madrid striker is reportedly set for a January loan move, with both north London rivals linked with the forward’s signature.
Reports originating in Spain suggest that Alvaro Morata may well be allowed to leave Real Madrid on loan this January, with Carlo Ancelotti eager to add a new striker to his squad.
Tottenham have been long-term suitors of the Spain under-21 goalgetter, with the forward thought to have been considered as part of the deal that took Gareth Bale to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Spurs are believed to have made attempts to bring Morata to White Hart Lane since, and will once more look at a loan switch for the highly rated Madrid man once the January transfer window reopens.
However, over the last 24 hours it has been suggested in the British press that Arsenal are ready to battle Spurs for the signing of the star.
The Gunners are light on striking options, and with Olivier Giroud the only recognised number nine that invokes any confidence, Arsene Wenger’s men have also been linked with plenty of new forwards.
Given the choice, which of the north London rivals should Morata move to?
Although Arsenal are the side that are excelling at the moment, with Spurs floundering, Morata may struggle to get regular game time at the Emirates Stadium.
Giroud has become an important man to the north London title-chasers, and will predominantly continue to start the bulk of the side’s fixtures – even if a new face arrives in the transfer window.
That said, if Morata moved to Arsenal he would be the first-choice replacement and with strong performances could earn Wenger’s trust to be played in big games.
At Tottenham, Morata would have countryman Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe all to compete with for the lone striker role.
There is a chance that one of these trio, potentially Defoe, could leave the Premier League side in the window, and as such Morata could have a good chance to playing relatively regularly.
Whatever happens, if Morata moves to one of the north London clubs it will be a case study for Madrid’s ‘working relationship’ with Spurs.
The Spanish giants have pilfered Luka Modric and Bale from the White Hart Lane side over recent years, striking up a deal to work in tandem as a result.
However, should Morata move to Arsenal instead of Tottenham, it would make a mockery of an arrangement that seems to have very little benefit to Andre Villas-Boas’ men currently.
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