Alvaro Morata was strongly linked with a move to the Emirates stadium throughout the January transfer window.
The Real Madrid youth product was reportedly close to joining the Gunners on a six-month loan deal during the January transfer window.
Unfortunately for Arsene Wenger, the Spanish U21 international made his intentions clear by publicly stating his desire to remain in Madrid, playing for the best team in the world.
Since the January transfer window has passed, reports have resurfaced regarding a summer move – largely as a result of teammate Jese Rodriguez’s rise to fame and subsequently Morata’s lack of game time.
The 21-year-old has yet to start a La Liga or Copa Del Rey match in 2014, and with Real Madrid lining-up with the ever present Cristiano Ronaldo alongside Bale and Benzema – opportunites for Morata are hard to come by.
As a result of Real Madrid’s 6-1 thrashing of Schalke from the first-leg, however, Los Blancos decided to rest some key players ahead of this weekend’s Clasico against Barcelona – resulting in Morata being handed a rare first-team start under the Bernabeu lights.
It would have been a good opportunity for Arsenal fans to see their potential future striker in progress. However, as a result of Jese Rodriguez’s serious injury, Morata’s transfer plans may have drastically changed.
It has been reported in the Spanish press Marca that Jese Rodriguez has torn his ACL in his right knee, and will be out of action for at least six months.
The consequence of Jese’s injury is clear. Alvaro Morata will now become the number one back-up to Real Madrid’s BBC – Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema – therefore changing his status within the squad.
With Jese expected to be out of action until mid-September, Arsenal may have missed their chance as Real Madrid will presumably see Morata as a much more valuable member of the squad from here on out.
Have Arsenal’s chances of signing Morata decreased as a result of Jese’s injury?