Arsenal are planning to hijack Chelsea’s move for the Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata — with the player reportedly favouring a move to the Emirates because of his desire to play in the Champions League. That’s according to the Daily Mirror, at least.
Morata returns to Real Madrid this season after two highly successful seasons at Juventus, but the Spanish club have made it clear that they are willing to accept offers in the region of £70million.
Chelsea are more than willing to pay that price, and want the Spanish international to form a lethal front-line partnership with Michy Batshuayi. However, Antonio Conte’s plans for next season have supposedly been rocked by the news that Morata would rather move to the Emirates than Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal supporters have been clamouring for a new striker for a number of seasons now, and it looks as though Wenger is finally going to give them what they want.
The Mirror report that Arsenal are willing to open negotiations with a hefty £65million offer, although whether the club can come to terms with Morata’s sky-high contract demands remain to be seen.
Another area that Arsenal need reinforcement in is in the midfield, with Welsh star Aaron Ramsey set to miss the beginning of the season.
The Gunners open the 2016-17 Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Liverpool on August 14, and Ramsey admits that game might just come too soon for him.
“I am back on 1 August, so I have a few weeks off but, obviously, it kicks off a couple of weeks afterwards,” Ramsey said, quoted in the London Evening Standard.
“A few years ago, Germany won the World Cup and the German players came in just a few days before the first game of the season, but they missed that. He [Wenger] does like to give players a little break and I’ll be getting the same treatment. I feel I need a few weeks off now.”
However, Arsene Wenger did at least receive one piece of good news on Friday. His number 1 goalkeeper, Petr Cech, admitted to reporters that the Frenchman had the necessary qualities for the England job, but urged him to stay at Arsenal for the time being.
“Obviously that is a question for Mr Wenger, if he would like to take this (England) job, but he is someone who has been coaching in England for such a long time, he definitely has the pedigree and the quality,” Cech told Sky Sports News HQ.
“He knows the atmosphere, the mentality and knows the expectation and the love England has for football, so obviously this is to his big advantage.
“But I think he is enjoying his time at Arsenal being a club manager, having the day-to-day job and it would be more of a question for him.”