Morata could still make the switch to north London.
Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata could still make the switch to Arsenal, but not until next summer as Arsene Wenger is refused a January loan, reports the Mirror.
The Frenchman had wanted to bring in the 21-year-old to ease the pressure on Olivier Giroud in the New Year, but Los Blancos refused.
However, the Spanish giants are prepared to review Morata’s situation next summer and Wenger will be given first refusal on the Spaniard.
The forward is valued at around £8m and is also being targeted by Getafe and Villarreal, but it’s the Gunners who will have the first option.
Morata impressed in the Madrid B team, scoring 45 goals in 83 matches before being promoted to the first team in 2011.
This term the attacker has two La Liga strikes and has also been doing well on the international stage with 12 efforts in 11 caps for the Spain under-21 side.
The Gunners are desperate for support up-front as they are relying heavily on Giroud to provide them goals.
Other than the France international however, the only options are the unimpressive Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo.
Lukas Podolski is also able to play in the position, but Wenger would really prefer to have some more support in attack.
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