Arsenal reportedly poised for £8m bargain swoop - but there's a catch...

Alvaro Morata

Arsenal's pursuit of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata could finally draw to a close after the Gunners were linked with an £8m swoop.

Arsenal's title challenge has faltered in recent weeks, leaving Arsene Wenger's men to fight for the fourth Champions League place once again - which isn't what Arsenal fans have had in mind for the majority of this season having been in the title mix for the majority of the year.

Whilst many will point to Arsenal's inability to defend against their title rivals, the lack of support for Olivier Giroud in the attack is a huge concern, and Wenger has been linked with a plethora of centre forwards ahead of the summer transfer window - and speculation suggests that he could have finally landed a long-term target.

Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium intermittently since last summer, but whilst a deal has looked close on a number of occasions, a move for the Spanish Under-21 international has yet to materialise.

But reports today believe that Morata could be poised for a move to North London - if Wenger can agree to a deal, which would involve Morata heading to Arsenal for a cut-price £8m fee - but with a catch involved.

The Spanish giants would be able to buy Morata back for a fixed price in two year's time under the terms put forward by Carlo Ancelotti's side, meaning if Morata was to reach his potential whilst with Arsenal, Real would simply be able to take him back to Spain.

It's a risk, but one that may well be worth taking if Wenger truly believes that Morata is the man to take Arsenal's title challenge to the next level.

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