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Arsenal get green light to sign Champions League-winning striker

| 10.06.2014

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has given a crystal clear indication that his club are now prepared to let young striker Alvaro Morata leave the Bernabeu this summer in order to satisfy his needs for first-team football.

While this could yet mean the Champions League winners loan out the Spanish U21 star rather than sell him permanently, it’s a sure sign they are willing to listen to offers for his services.

Ancelotti said: “The player wants to look for an opportunity where he can play more and the club agrees with this.

“If he leaves it would be good that he would have the chance to play. If Morata goes we have to think about getting a young forward with the same characteristics.”

Music to the ears then of Arsenal, as the Londoners have often tested these waters surrounding the 21-year-old before, only to be rebuffed by Real in the past.

However, now Los Blancos have dramatically altered their stance on one of the most highly-regarded burgeoning talents in Spanish football, the stage is surely set for the Gunners to launch a bid.

Arsene Wenger knows the pressure is on to recruit such high-quality stock as Morata – who has notched 13 times in only a dozen U21 appearances – if they are to maintain a tilt at the Premier League title next year.

The Londoners are already some way down the pecking order according to Ladbrokes, who have them down as 9/1 fifth favourites to claim the 2014/14 crown.

Although Wenger recruited another young centre-forward in the form of compatriot Yaya Sanogo last summer, the former Auxerre man struggled to make much impact when called upon – failing to score in 14 appearances.

Meanwhile, Morata may have spent much of his season warming the woodwork, but still managed nine goals in 28 outings for the European champions.

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Christian Crowther

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