Many previously envisaged that Alvaro Morata would naturally compete with Karim Benzema in the Real Madrid attack after impressively navigating his way through the youth ranks. However, this hasn’t been the case.
The Spanish U21 international striker has struggled for game time at the Santiago Bernabeu, and it has led to a number of question marks over his future.
During the January transfer window, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was reportedly keen on bringing the striker to North London, even if the Gunners were only to land him six-month loan deal.
As the January days ticked by, it became apparent Arsenal were not to be successful in their pursuit and Real Madrid’s decision to prevent him leaving turned out to be the correct one due to the unfortunate injury to fellow forward Jese Rodriguez.
Alvaro Morata’s involvement in the first-team, however, has remained minimal and his future at the club looks bleak. With Jese likely to return this summer, as well as Luis Suarez reportedly on their wish-list, the Arsenal linked striker, appears to be available for transfer.
Following the interest of a number of Italian clubs, three weeks ago Real Madrid president Florentino Perez reportedly set an asking price of €22m with a buy-back clause of €25m inserted into the deal.
According to the Spanish press Marca which was published on Saturday, however, that price has now dropped to somewhere between €15m and €20m, a figure which is certainly inviting for Arsenal.
Alvaro Morata guarantees goals, and his six finishes in just 549 minutes this season is comparable to La Liga heavyweights Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on a goals-to-minutes ratio.
Arsene Wenger wants a new goal-scoring striker at the Emirates to partner Olivier Giroud, and he will struggle to find one more accessible at such a reasonable price than Real Madrid’s young star.