Arsene Wenger has rejected reports suggesting Arsenal will sign Alexandre Pato and Alvaro Morata in a January splurge for talent.
Speaking prior to the Premier League leaders' tie with Hull City, the long-serving Frenchman halted potential links with the duo, as tweeted by John Cross of the Mirror:
#afc Wenger denies loan deal for Real Madrid starlet Alvaro Morata. "There's no truth in that, not been in touch."— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) December 3, 2013
#afc Wenger denies move for Pato— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) December 3, 2013
However, the Arsenal boss' press conference comments contradict multiple reports surrounding the two players, with well-regarded expert Guillem Balague tweeting the following in connection to Morata:
Morata: Wenger wants him. He contacted player's agents. Player happy to go to Arsenal on loan but.... Real Madrid don't want to let him go— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) December 3, 2013
Arsenal have been constantly linked with new forward talent since the summer transfer window, which saw them miss out on primary target Luis Suarez, despite a notorious bid of £40 million-plus-one.
While the Gunners certainly haven't struggled for goals this season, scoring 27 in their first 13 matches, Olivier Giroud's workload has been extensive. The former Montpellier player remains Arsenal's only goalscoring forward this campaign, notching nine in 18 appearances across all competitions, per WhoScored.com.
Nicklas Bendtner's form remains disappointing, but the Dane's behaviour away from the pitch is perhaps more damning than his inability to hit the net. Bendtner was recently cautioned by police for reportedly causing criminal damage to a gym door within his apartment complex, per BBC News, and lacks the focus to become a regular part of Wenger's plans.
Nick Lustig of the Daily Star previously suggested Morata has opted to join Arsenal instead of Tottenham on a six-month loan deal, hinting a deal could be struck further down the line.
Real Madrid's talented 21-year-old would represent an excellent addition to the squad, and if an agreement was to be struck, Wenger would likely keep it quiet for now.
Which player should Arsene Wenger try to sign?
The manager reportedly had an €8 million bid for Pato rejected by Corinthians, as reported by Alex Richards of Mirror Football, but this deal appears less likely.
Pato rarely enjoyed a consistent run of form while playing in Europe with AC Milan and has come under criticism for his recent performances in Brazil, so it would be a real gamble for Wenger to prioritise a forward who is yet to capitalise on the potential he showed as a fresh-faced youngster.
While both deals appear to have been given the red light for now, it wouldn't be a surprise to see circumstances dramatically change as we head toward the January transfer window.