Football Transfer Rumors: Arsenal Renews Interest on Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata
English Premier League club Arsenal FC is reportedly renewing their interest on Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, according to local sources in Spain.
Morata has long been the favorite of Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger and the club could finally be ready to bid for him in the ongoing winter transfer window. The 24-year-old goalscorer has been plagued by various injuries in the current season but he was still able to produce nine goals in 23 games in all competitions so far for the Bernabéu giants.
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According to the Mirror, Morata has been "heavily linked" to the Gunners during the last summer transfer window before he decided to return to Real after a two-season stint with Italian champions Juventus.
Juve obtained Morata from Real in the summer of 2014 for a transfer fee of $21 million, signing a five-year deal with a buyback clause in his contract to enable the La Liga powerhouse to acquire him back in the future.
That time came last summer when Los Blancos activated the clause and bought him back for $32 million.
The report noted that Morata has been struggling for playing time under current head coach Zinedine Zidane not only because of his injuries but also because he had been playing behind the superstar trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Gareth Bale in the Madrid pecking order.
There are speculations that Morata is considering "leaving the Spanish giants in search of more game time" and Wenger is said to be ready to provide him all the first-team time that he wants.
It was not yet revealed how much the London outfit is willing to offer Real for the young striker but analysts believe that it will certainly cost them no less than a club-record signing to pull off the deal.
The Daily Star indicated that Wenger, who is in his 20th season managing Arsenal, is keen on pairing Morata with Frenchman Olivier Giroud as the team's lead attackers.
Morata has scored a total of 27 goals in 93 appearances in all competitions during his two-season stay in Juventus.