Real Madrid ‘agree’ to striker's departure – Arsenal to move?

Alvaro Morata

Carlo Ancelotti has said that Madrid have agreed to the departure of one of its young talents

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that the club have agreed to the departure of young striker Alvaro Morata.

Morata appeared 23 times in La Liga last season, scoring on eight occasions, but will leave the Bernabéu in search of regular first-team football.

The young Spaniard was denied a loan move to Arsenal back in January as Madrid sought to hold on to their rising star, but now look to have conceded defeat in keeping him.

The news could reignite another approach from the Gunners, who are looking to provide quality back-up for main striker Olivier Giroud for next season.

Madrid are thought to want a buy-back option included in any deal negotiated for the 21-year-old, while Ancelotti says he will go in search of "young striker with the same profile as Morata".

"The player has decided to leave in search of more minutes and the club has agreed it," Ancelotti reportedly said on SkySports.

"If he gets the chance to play it will be good for him to have those opportunities for a year."

Wolfsburg and Juventus have also been linked with a move for Morata, and join Arsenal in wanting his signature.

Despite an inevitable Morata departure, Ancelotti also suggested that he is more than happy with his striking options of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.

"It is difficult to improve what we have in attack," the Italian added.

His comments cast doubts over a possible bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez from the European Champions. The Uruguayan seems content at Anfield after his record-breaking season that secured Champions League football, but could still be the subject of a huge bid from Real.

But with or without Alvaro Morata, it seems as if Madrid will again be tempted to delve into the transfer market for a striker that will help perpetuate their European dominance.

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