The expectation among Arsenal fans, built to a crescendo by the Arsenal transfer rumours in the media, is that Arsene Wenger is set to announce the first big name signings of the summer transfer window tomorrow. The fact that this announcement will happily coincide with the fans’ chance to spend their money on the new Arsenal range by PUMA, is surely just a lucky happenstance.
The rumours linking Arsenal with the young Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata seemed to have cooled since it was revealed that Madrid were demanding 30 million euros for the 21 year-old around a month ago. The Italian giants Juventus were reported as offering 18 million for him, and the Bundesliga club Wolfsburg have also proclaimed there interest recently.
When the Wolfsburg chief Klaus Allofs was asked to comment on how their negotiations we going for the promising striker, he clearly indicated that Arsenal were also in the hunt.
If you go on the premise that there is no smoke without fire then it would seem that Arsenal are on the verge of signing the young Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, as there is an avalanche of stories regarding the deal this morning.
First of all the Telegraph this morning says that Arsenal are currently in Spain extending the talks with the Los Blancos management that began in January. Arsene Wenger originally wanted a loan for the top Spanish youngster, but now they are trying to broker a more permanent solution.
I really hope that Arsene Wenger was merely trying to throw people off the track of what Arsenal are planning to do in the transfer market, when he claimed that he did not expect much business to be done early on this summer. Because if he was serious, I think he may have misjudged the situation quite badly.
It seems as though lots of other clubs are already making plans and talking to players, clubs and agents in order to get their business done as quickly as possible. If Wenger waits until the World Cup is out of the way, not only will he have less time to complete the right signings, but the players he wants may have already gone elsewhere.
If Arsenal are to complete the transfer of one of their top summer targets, they are going to have to do a lot better against the Serie A club Napoli than they did last summer. We were linked for a long time with the signing of the Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid and, just when it seemed that we had sealed the deal, along came Napoli, beat our offer and the striker went to Italy.
It is a shame for Arsenal that Alvaro Morata did not make the right decision in January. Arsene Wenger was apparently very close to getting the young Spanish international to join the Gunners on loan until the end of the season, but Morata wanted one last chance to prove himself at Real Madrid.
The injury to Jese Rodriguez has given him a chance again, and he has scored seven goals from his limited appearances, including a debut Champions League strike, but Morata has now finally accepted once and for all that he needs to leave his boyhood club in the summer, according to Spanish transfer website Fichajes.net.
It seems that Arsenal and their scouts have got season tickets to watch Real Madrid, because it looks like we could be after two more of their players this summer, to add to the marquee signing of Mesut Ozil at the end of August. You are probably well aware of the rumours surrounding the transfer of Alvaro Morata to the Emirates, but he may not be coming alone, as they say.
The next Real Madrid player on Arsene Wenger’s transfer radar, according to The Mirror, is the young Brazilian midfielder Casemiro. This could even end up being another deal like the one with Morata, which looks like being either a long term loan or with a buy back option included in a permanent transfer.
When the new Premier League season starts, we are all hoping that there are a good few new players ready to fire the Gunners to glory, but will one of them be the young Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell. The 21-year old, currently plying his trade in the Greek Super League for Olympiakos, has been on the books of Arsenal since the summer of 2011 but has yet to kick a ball in anger for us.
Alvaro Morata was one of the many strikers linked with Arsenal in the January transfer window. It looked for a while as if the talented young Spanish striker was going to come on loan to the Gunners from Real Madrid, but it seems he decided to stay and fight for his place in the Madrid team.
A recent injury to Jese has given him a chance to do that and he is starting to show once again what he can do. His confidence is returning and he has scored a few great goals recently, so the news, reported by The Mirror, that Arsenal will be able to sign the 21-year old on a permanent deal this summer for a bargain price of £8 million, is fantastic. Or is it?
As the Premier League season builds to it’s closest run conclusion ever, with Arsenal and three other sides still in with a very realistic chance of becoming the new champions of England, the players should be thinking of nothing but the next game. But behind the scenes at the Emirates, I expect there is a lot of work and preparation going on for what will happen when the season does come to a close.
Okay I know that there is still a long way to go before the transfer window opens, but I would like to venture that Arsenal’s involvement in the chase for trophies may give us an advantage over clubs like Manchester United in the summer transfer window, as David Moyes side may not even be able to offer any European football at all next season!
The speculation about Alvaro Morata coming to join Arsenal has not gone away, even though the proposed loan move in January didn’t come off. The young Spanish striker has apparently accepted that he needs to move away from his boyhood club Real Madrid in order to play regularly and further his career, something he really should have known a month ago, but the £25 million price tag that his La Liga club have slapped on him means his destination probably won’t be the Emirates.