Spurs could pip Gunners to the signing of young Real Madrid attacker… Bitter North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are set to go head to head for the signature of Real Madrid’s prodigal Spaniard Alvaro Morata, reports the Express.
It was thought widely that Arsenal were the favourites for the 21-year-old’s signature, after failing to secure his loan services in January, but Spurs have entered the race and could make a bid in the coming days.
Morata currently acts as backup to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu, and arguably isn’t getting the playing time his unbelievable talent deserves. He only made three La Liga starts last term, but came off the bench 20 times which helped him reach the respectable goal tally of eight, notching a further strike in the Champions League.
This evening in the Champions League final, Morata is again expected to start from the bench, and with rumours linking Real to Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, the Spaniard could have to move to earn more minutes on the field.
Both Arsenal and Tottenham are desperate for striking enforcements this summer, and are now expected to compete for Morata’s signature.
The Gunners only have Olivier Giroud as a top notch option, with Yaya Sanogo failing to score a single goal during his debut Premier League season, and Nicklas Bendtner leaving on a free this summer. They’ve also been linked with Morata’s teammate Karim Benzema, but the Spanish Under-21 international would provide a cheaper and potentially more realistic alternative.
Spurs though have similar striking problems. With £26m Roberto Soldado proving a real Premier League flop and Jermain Defoe leaving to join the MLS in January, Emmanuel Adebayor is the only option for a new coach right now.
Tottenham have yet to appoint a new manager, and although director of football Franco Baldini deals with transfers – it’s unlikely that a striker will be signed without the consent of the incoming boss, whoever it may be.
Both the Premier League giants will have to fight off interest from Juventus and Inter Milan