Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is perilously close to missing out on the opportunity to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata as he edges towards a move to Villarreal.
The Spanish U21 international striker has long been a transfer target for the Gunners, and he came close to moving to the Emirates on loan last January.
Despite such a deal never happening, Arsene Wenger has openly admitted the need for a new striker this summer and a return for Alvaro Morata appears such a prudent option.
Rated between €15million and €20million, a loan deal is certainly there for the taking and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti seems supportive of the idea.
"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."
Arsenal certainly aren’t the only suitors for the talented youngster, and if reports are to be true, the striker already has an interesting proposition on the table.
According to the Spanish website Elperiodicomediterrano, fellow La Liga side Villarreal have reached an agreement with Real Madrid to loan the striker for one season. One condition, however, is that Alvaro Morata must sign an extension to his existing contract with Los Blancos which expires in 2015.
With such an offer which ultimately benefits all parties involved, the likelihood is that Alvaro Morata will accept and the chance to sign him will be missed.
From Arsenal’s perspective, their position in this transfer saga hangs by a thread. If they want the star at the Emirates stadium for next season, they simply have to make their move now.