After £17.5m star and Sagna replacement - Arsenal to be hijacked again?

Luiz Gustavo

VfL Wolfsburg are after Alvaro Morata - after beating Arsenal to Sebastian Jung and Luiz Gustavo could they do it again?

Arsenal are after reinforcements this summer - in particular in the striking department. Olivier Giroud had an excellent campaign last term, but lack of competition up front remains a problem. Lukas Podolski, Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo all tried, with varying degrees of success - but the fact is Arsenal need a new striker.

One that immediately springs to mind is Alvaro Morata. The Real Madrid starlet is not part of a regular squad at The Bernabeu and despite hinting his future lies with Real Madrid and nowhere else - we have learned this week that is not the case.

His manager at Real Carlo Ancelotti confirmed this week that in fact the club had agreed Morata could leave the club in search of regular football. With that in mind, surely Arsenal must now move in and snap up the young Spaniard to add depth to their troublesome striking department.

The only problem is a familiar foe from last summer’s transfer window is also keen.

VfL Wolfsburg are using plenty of the Volkswagen money at the moment to make a serious move on the top clubs of the Bundesliga - and their recent movements in the transfer window highlight that.

In January they signed Kevin De Bruyne from Chelsea. This summer they have already agreed to sign Sebastian Jung from Eintracht Frankfurt and Aaron Hunt from Werder Bremen.

Last summer it was Luiz Gustavo, snapped up from under the nose of Arsenal, who reportedly approached him last summer. His £17.5 million release clause, excellent performance for Brazil in the Confederations Cup and his lack of first-team action at Bayern Munich made him an obvious target.

But in the end his desire to remain in the Bundesliga got the better of Arsenal - and he switched to the VW Arena instead.

They also targeted Jung as an apparent Bacary Sagna replacement. The fact is Wolfsburg have been beating Arsenal in the transfer market for a while now - and if they did it again with Morata, Arsenal might just steer clear of the Bundesliga side when looking for transfer targets in the future.

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