Arsene Wenger denied he had approached Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata over a transfer in his press conference this morning.
While Morata when quizzed about his future today also said he was fully focused on Madrid.
It would seem, that would be the end of it, except for the obvious point that the pair could be bluffing.
Spanish journalist Guillem Balague would believe so. He gave his views on the loan switch this morning via Twitter, and it is directly at odds with Wenger.
Morata: Wenger wants him. He contacted player's agents. Player happy to go to Arsenal on loan but.... Real Madrid don't want to let him go— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) December 3, 2013
So could Wenger's comment: "No. There is no truth in that. That is all I can say, I have not been in touch with them," referring to Real Madrid a little white lie? Or is Balague just wrong?
Most would side prudently to take Wenger's words at face value, but it should also be noted that Morata too did not deny he was not interested in an Arsenal move - simply saying he was keen on proving himself at Real.
There lies the issue. Nobody is expecting him to leave permanently, simply to give his career a boost by going to play football regularly. At Real Madrid this season he has just one first team start - and that is with Karim Benzema's wretched form over the first couple of months of the season before his recent hot streak.
The transfer window does not even open for almost another month, and so it would be rare for a deal to be completed this early in any case.
The Morata 'deal' may be on the backburner, but that does not mean it won't be revisited come January, when if Real Madrid firm up their own plans to sign a striker, the youngster's future could be accelerated.
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