Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gunners Must Keep Chasing Alvaro Morata

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2014

XATIVA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 07:  Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid looks on during the Copa del Rey, Round of 32 match between Olimpic de Xativa and Real Madrid at Estadio La Murta on December 07, 2013 in Xativa, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Arsenal’s pursuit of Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata is a transfer story that has lingered throughout the January window.

The Gunners' boss, Arsene Wenger, recently confirmed that there were no formal discussions ongoing with the Spanish giants about a deal for the 21-year-old forward, per The Guardian. But that doesn’t mean they should give up on Morata just yet.

This is especially true amid recent reports that both Inter Milan and Juventus are ready to swoop with an £11 million bid for the Spaniard's services on a permanent basis, per Charles Perrin of Express. These rumours will certainly make Wenger sit up and take note, and he may well start to take a closer look at securing a potential deal if Madrid are indeed looking to cash in.

Perrin cites quotations in his article from Morata that would suggest he’s not the happiest at Real Madrid and would be privy to a move that sees him earn some more minutes despite his obvious love for the club:

Real Madrid have been my team since I was little and will be all my life, but I think the important thing is to have a relevant role in the team.

If I ever feel that's not the case, I would look at other options. In football, it's very difficult to stay at the top and even more so in a team like Real.

If Madrid were indeed looking to offload Morata, there would be no shortage of potential suitors.

Granted, he’s not been able to nail down a regular place at the Santiago Bernabeu, but that is no slant on his ability, which he has showcased in brief glimpses for Los Blancos and the Spanish U-21 team.

Despite Real Madrid only having one senior forward on their books in Karim Benzema, Morata has found himself short of minutes this season. The Frenchman seems to have that position locked down, and the emergence of Jese Rodriguez as a central striker hasn't helped Morata, who is way down in the pecking order.

But the 21-year-old is a quality, cultured player who could really make an impression at a vast majority of Europe’s top clubs.

Morata's attributes will surely appeal to Wenger
Morata's attributes will surely appeal to WengerLaurence Griffiths/Getty Images

As a player, the Spanish U21 international has a little bit of everything about him, which is exactly why Arsenal should be interested.

For starters, his somatotype would see him through within the raucous environment of the Premier League should any potential move come about.

In addition, when you consider his fine touch and clever movement, Morata has all the tools to be a short-term, or perhaps even long-term, success in England's top division.

Wenger has been looking for a short-term solution to his dearth of forward options, which has fueled reports of a loan deal for players like Morata and Juventus' Sebastian Giovinco, per Jamie Sanderson of Metro. But if the chance arises to secure Morata on a permanent basis, it could tempt the Arsenal boss to splash out midseason.

In short, he would be a perfect acquisition for Arsenal and a player who would definitely interest Wenger.

You suspect Morata would come in as back-up to Olivier Giroud initially, but he has all the attributes to be a potential long-term successor. Stylistically, he is comparable to the Frenchman too, meaning when he is drafted into the team, Arsenal wouldn’t have to deviate too much from their preferred style of play.

But would Madrid seriously consider a sale? Carlo Ancelotti has already said in this window that Madrid will be conducting no business whatsoever, per the Press Association via The Guardian.

As we’ve seen in the past, though, managers can sometimes be dishonest souls. Not to mention situations can change at the blink of an eye during the transfer window.

These rumours linking Morata and Arsenal just don’t seem to be going away. If a permanent deal is there to secure, Arsenal need to make sure they are in with a shot of securing this prodigious talent ahead of both Inter Milan and Juventus.