As we predicted at the end of last month, Arsenal's pursuit of Alvaro Morata was not over.
The Mirror reported last night that Arsenal have made their move for the Spanish under-21 striker, with varying reports suggesting their could be a small fee involved, around €2 million to secure the loan.
To complicate matters, The Sun reported last night that both Arsenal and Liverpool are considering making a permanent offer, in the region of £15 million.
As yet there is no word on whether the club have been successful or not, although Real Madrid signing 22-year-old William Jose of Brazilian side Santos is the possible break the Gunners need.
There is another indication the Gunners may have some success with their enquiry - a report in Spanish newspaper Marca titled 'Ancelotti no longer turns to Morata'.
They write that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has lost faith in the striker, where under-21 colleague Jese Rodriguez has stepped up in recent weeks, Morata has failed to.
"Alvaro Morata finds himself trapped between the bench and a brick wall. The striker is going through a tough time, ignored by Ancelotti – who now prefers to bring on Jesé to shake things up – and forced to stay on at Real Madrid until June, despite playing an increasingly anonymous role.
"The forward, meanwhile, is waiting for opportunities to play, which are few and far between at the moment. Whilst he was Ancelotti's go-to impact sub at the start of the season, in the last three league games – in which Madrid has entered the final stretch with the scoreline level – he has remained on the bench."
The line in there regarding 'being forced to stay until June', is in reference to Madrid's previous not for sale stance regarding the player, but the paper acknowledges renewed interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, and in light of Ancelotti losing faith in the forward - admits the future is still uncertain.
Morata was handed chances in the Copa del Rey in December, when Real Madrid took on third tier side Olimpo Xativa. He failed to score in either leg and has not appeared since, with just two goals to his name all season.
The Madrid hierarchy want to keep the Spanish under-21 star clearly, but Carlo Ancelotti has the final say on his players, as illustrated with the controversial sale of Mesut Ozil. A loan deal however may be the best compromise.
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