Arsenal are reportedly looking to secure Alvaro Morata’s deadline day signing amid claims in Spain that Mikel Arteta’s number 2 spoke to the Spanish striker on the phone.
The Gunners have endured a pretty miserable transfer window so far, missing out on top target Dusan Vlahovic. His move to Juventus was explained by his agent in a simple four-word reply. But getting their hands on a new striker has continued to elude them.
Indeed, the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Alexander Isak and Victor Osimhen are potential options. Meanwhile, a report from Saturday claims An exciting £33million-rated Italian striker is also on their shopping list.
However, according to reports on Monday, the Gunners could actually try to bring Morata back into the Premier League.
Gem The times, the former Chelsea striker will reportedly be offered to a number of clubs this month.
With Vlahovic signing for Juve, Morata is superfluous for the Bianconeri.
As such, Newcastle, Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly looking to sign him from parent club Atletico Madrid.
At first it looked like Antonio Conte would want to bring Morata to Tottenham.
Miguel Molina on fan to Morata
However, HOW now claims it’s the Gunners in the driver’s seat and that a move to Emirates Stadium is coming on a deadline.
They report that Arteta’s assistant, Miguel Molina, called Morata personally to convince him to make the move.
In a phone conversation, Molina – who previously worked at Atletico and knows Morata from his time there – is said to have explained to him how he could fit in at Arsenal and restart his career.
Morata knows the Premier League from his time under Conte at Chelsea and was initially unsure about returning to London.
However, they believe Molina has persuaded Morata to make the move likely with an initial loan deal.
Alvaro Morata rein, Nketiah, Aubameyang raus
Morata’s arrival is all the more important for Arsenal with Eddie Nketiah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likely to seal the exits.
In fact, Barcelona are reportedly close to reaching an agreement on a six-month loan for Aubameyang. And further progress means the deal has “moved significantly forward” this weekend.
However, there are still creases in the deal that have yet to be ironed out, most notably Aubameyang’s colossal salary.
The 32-year-old rakes in £350,000-a-week and Barcelona may not be able to fund a deal. Therefore, it is still being negotiated what percentage of wages Barcelona would cover.
Nketiah, on the other hand, is the subject of strong interest on the reporting date.
The likes of Newcastle, West Ham and Crystal Palace are all looking to pounce. And despite the offer of a new deal, Nketiah is likely to be pushing for the move, with a move to St James’ Park seemingly the most likely.
Nketiah’s departure will come as a blow to Arteta, who apparently hoped to persuade him to stay.