Spanish under-21 international Alvaro Morata has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid this summer, with Arsenal a possible destination.
The Gunners are on the lookout for a new striker to partner Olivier Giroud, and boss Arsene Wenger showed an interest in Real's young star during the January transfer window.
A deal between Arsenal and the Spanish giants never materialised, but that has not stopped the rumours from circling that a summer deal could be on the cards.
Following reported interest from Italy in recent weeks, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has allegedly made it clear that Alvaro Morata could leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, if they receive a bid in the region of €15-€20million.
For such a price, the 21-year-old certainly represents value for money given his potential and excellent record in-front of goal, where he averages a La Liga goal every 79 minutes which is more prolific than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Amid the speculation and a possible Arsenal bid this summer, Alvaro Morata spoke of his future after Real Madrid’s 4-1 extra-time Champions League final victory over city-rivals Atletico Madrid. He said, quoted by the SocialRMadrid Twitter account:
Morata: If I feel important here I would like to stay here.— SocialRMadrid (@SocialRMadrid) Mayo 24, 2014
Alvaro Morata’s lack of La Liga appearances would suggest he does not have an important role to play at the club. However, his introduction in the Champions League final demonstrates the trust that Carlo Ancelotti has in him.
With Jese Rodriguez still out injured and reported Madrid transfer target Luis Suarez ruling himself out of an Anfield exit, Arsenal may have to pursue other striker options this summer as Morata could be set to stay in the Spanish capital.