Saturday, 5 April 2014

Wenger closes in on £8m striker but deal will come with strings-attached

Arsene Wenger hopes to finally be able to do a deal with Real Madrid for striker Alvaro Morata, however it's set to come at a cost for the Gunners.

Real want a buy-back clause inserted into any agreement they make over the sale of the striker which would mean they could sign Morata for a fixed fee in two years' time.

Wenger has long been an admirer of the Spain Under-21 striker and was in talks to bring him to Arsenal in the January transfer window, but a deal could not be reached.

Further talks have been held between the two clubs and a deal in the region of £8million could be finialised ready to go in the summer, report the Daily Mirror.

Morata has found his playing time limited at the Bernabeu this season, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema ahead of him in the pecking order.

The 21-year-old has scored four league goals this season but had to put up with a substitutes role, coming on 15 times in La Liga but he's started just one game.

Wenger will be looking to bolster his forward line in the summer when Nicklas Bendtner and Ju Young Park leave the club when their contracts expire.

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