Arsenal are on the hunt for a striker for next season and have been linked with a number of well-known players.
Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata is said to be one of the players who is on Gunners manager Arsene Wenger’s wish-list.
The Spain Under-21 international is regarded as one of the most promising players to have come out of Madrid’s youth academy in recent years, but he has yet to make himself a regular in the first team.
Juventus have been linked with a move for Morata (although they already have two superb forwards in Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente), while Arsenal have been monitoring him for quite a while.
Inter Milan too have long fostered an interest in Morata, but it now appears that they may not be able to make a move for him.
That’s because, according to the Italian club’s sporting director Piero Ausilio, the Spaniard is not up for sale.
"Some media report about our interest in (Edin) Dzeko and (Alvaro) Morata, but if their clubs don't want to sell these players, we won't do anything,’ La Gazzetta dello Sport quotes him as saying.
However, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international has not always had the consistency or the chance to play regularly, which is why he was thought to have been put on the transfer market by the Premier League champions.
Things change radically in the transfer market, and both Dzeko and Morata could well be given the green light by their respective clubs to leave.
After all, Madrid themselves are said to be looking for a striker and given Morata’s age and potential, he may like to move to a club where there is less competition for places.
Arsenal could be that club. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen.