Arsene Wenger has denied interest in two reported Tottenham targets. Is the coast clear for the club to make a move?
Arsene Wenger has this morning denied interest in highly rated duo Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Pato.
The pair had been subject of rampant speculation over the past 24 hours, with the Gunners said to have had a bid refused for Pato, and a loan deal agreed for Morata.
Wenger flatly denied the rumours in his press conference ahead of Wednesday's game with Hull City.
He said: "No. There is no truth in that. That is all I can say, I have not been in touch with them (Real Madrid)", and simply responded "No." when asked about Pato.
It was reported that Spurs had a bid for former AC Milan forward Pato turned down back in July by Corinthians, but a fallout with the club's supporters has made the player keen to move on, and a dip in form caused the club to be open to offers.
Wenger stepping aside does not just therefore have consequences for Arsenal, but could help out the club's bitter rivals Tottenham.
Spurs have been struggling for goals all season, the 11 goals in 13 games they have scored is the third joint fewest in the Premier League.
If there is one club in North London which needs additional firepower, it is not the Gunners, it's Tottenham.
So Wenger's comments must come as music to the ears of Spurs fans, who can now be considered as frontrunners for both players.
If they don't move for them, then at least they can console themselves they will not be playing in the red and white of Arsenal, helping the league leaders pull further away.
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