So after initially ruling out a move for the young Spaniard earlier in the year and the player himself wanting to stay at Real Madrid, it now looks highly likely that Arsene Wenger will attempt to bring Alvaro Morata to the Emirates this month.
After learning Theo Walcott will be out of contention for the remainder of the season, Wenger has turned his attention to snapping up a forward to help out Olivier Giroud with the goals, as well as add more depth to a depleting attack.
But while the Majority would love to see Diego Costa come in from Atletico Madrid, or Porto’s Jackson Martinez for big money, Wenger looks like he will opt to spend a minimal amount of his promised transfer warchest and bring in Morata on a £1.7 million loan deal for the rest of the campaign.
But who exactly is this Morata youngster?
While some people out there may know of him, a lot, I can guess, won’t.
So here are things you should know about the Real starlet:
1. Born in Madrid on October 23rd 1992, Morata is a youth product of Atletico Madrid who spent two years there before joining Getafe’s youth set up. In 2008, the Spaniard signed for Real Madrid where he played for the C-team as a junior.
2. Having won two youth titles and finding the back of the net 34 times for the C-team, Morata was promoted to the B-team in July 2010.
3. In August 2010, Morata scored the only game for Castilla on his debut in a friendly game against AD Alcorcon.
4. In December 2010, during Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against Zaragoza, the then 18-year-old made his senior debut coming on for Angel di Maria in the 88th minute. Ten days later he made his Copa del Rey introduction in the latter stages of the game.
5. After Gonzalo Higuain suffered an injury in January 2011, the Spanish press pointed out Morata as being the Argentine’s replacement. Unfortunately for Morata, Jose Mourinho at the time said he wasn’t ready for the first-team, insisting he needed to finish off his formation with Castilla.
6. Morata bagged his first goal for Real Madrid on Novemeber 11th 2012, coming on in the 83rd minute and scoring the winner against Levante after just one minute of being on the pitch – the game ended 2-1.
7. The young forward’s first ever start for Real came on February 17th of last year against Rayo at the Bernabeu – he managed to find the back of the net in just over three minutes.
8. On the 2nd of March last year, Morata managed to play the full 90 minutes in the El Classico and provided an assist for Karim Benzema.
9. Already in his short career, Morata has won one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey and a Spanish Super Cup. As well as that, he has lifted two European trophies for the Spanish Under-17, 19 and 21 sides.
10. To date, Morata has made a total of 31 appearances for Real Madrid (10 as a starter), scoring five goals along the way. This season for Real, the young striker has two goals in 10 La Liga appearances but is viewed as a hot prospect by the Spanish outfit.