Real miss out on £4.4m Morata replacement, Arsenal play waiting game

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Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that supersub Spaniard Alvaro Morata may leave Real Madrid but one of their target replacements has already been sold.

Arsenal's pursuit of impact substitute Alvaro Morata appeared to gather pace overnight as reports from Spain indicated that Real Madrid were looking at one specific Bundesliga player as a possible replacement for 21-year-old Morata.

MARCA claimed that Joselu, 24, could be targeted by Carlo Ancelotti, as Real had a buy-back option on the Frankfurt forward who returned 14 goals and three assists from 33 appearances in all competition last term (spread between stints at Frankfurt and Hoffenheim).

Joselu has previous experience with Real having starred for the Castilla side and, at 6ft 4in, represented an alternative type of striker to Karim Benzema and prospective recruit Luis Suarez, of Liverpool. 

Joselu, though, has been acquired by Hannover in a cut-price £4.4 million deal meaning Real will have to look elsewhere for their Morata replacement, a player whom appears destined for the Estadio Bernabeu exit, as confirmed by head coach Ancelotti.

"The player wants to look for an opportunity where he can play more and the club agrees with this," the Italian is quoted to have said by the Daily Mail.

"If he leaves it would be good that he would have the chance to play. If Morata goes we have to think about getting a young forward with the same characteristics."

What makes matters complex is that Real, unlike Arsenal, are in no hurry to sign a tertiary choice striker. Should Luiz Suarez sign terms with the Champions League winners, then his role would be to supplement Karim Benzema - or at least ease the Frenchman's goal-scoring burden - rather than to act as Morata's replacement, who was largely used as a bench option.

Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, is in desperate need of additional firepower and may be loathe to play a waiting game as other targets - such as AC Milan star Mario Balotelli and QPR striker Loic Remy are just three or four great World Cup games away from increasing their price-tag.

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