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After Arsenal target Morata indicates Real future, agent refuses to rule out move

Alvaro Morata’s agent has refused to rule out the possibility of a Real Madrid exit this summer.

Alvaro Morata is an in demand player around Europe, and recently - at Real Madrid.

The Spaniard has been handed a bit-part role by Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti this term, starting just once in 18 La Liga appearances, yet he has netted four times for the side in the last month.

In fact in only 283 minutes on the pitch Morata has struck six goals. That’s an astonishing average of 1.91 goals per 90 minutes, far superior to the figures posted by Lionel Messi (1.10) and Cristiano Ronaldo (1.06).

The season Morata has had implies that he is both available and prolific - a perfect storm for interested clubs.

But below the surface, the 21-year-old’s availability has been uncertain.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with Morata for a while now, but reports of progress towards signing him have been mixed.

The Gunners were though to be close to getting their man on loan in January, but a move never materialised.

And last month rumours suggested that Morata would move to the Emirates on a five-year deal this summer - speculation which has gone unconfirmed.

But Morata’s agent has now spoken on the topic of his client’s future, particularly in relation to interest from Serie A giants Inter.

Juanma Lopez said the striker could end up at San Siro - but also refused to rule anything out.

“Inter closing in?” Lopez responded to calciomercato.com. “I wouldn’t rule it out, it is a possibility.

“Will he play for Inter next season? It may be, anything could happen.

“Renewal with Real Madrid? There is no news…”

The door seems open for Arsenal, even as Lopez was clearly responding to questions concerning Inter.

It comes just a day after Morata himself stated: "I’m happy here, I grew up at Real Madrid, and have a connection with this club.

"If the club still wants me then I’ll stay. It’s clear that Ancelotti trusts me. He’s given me the opportunity to earn minutes."

The key for the Gunners is that Morata looks no closer to renewing his Real Madrid contract - which expires in 2015 - making the Spanish capital club more inclined to sell.

Arsene Wenger and company will be on high alert with Lopez’s admission, as 21-year-old Morata is an ideal candidate to lead Arsenal’s attack in the coming years.

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