By Tony Attwood
I’ve been so excited by reading the league table I’ve almost forgotten that the transfer window opens in four weeks.
But that ignorance has been shattered by the “news” (I use the word lightly) that we are going to get Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata on a six month loan deal.
Of course last summer showed us all that the twists and turns of club negotiation and plotting have now reached such heights that they are way beyond the wit of any journalist to follow, so these rumours are as always the wild ramblings of reporters desperate to fill a column inch or three without actually leaving the pub.
Just taking this from the Daily Star shows what I mean…
“Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is desperate to add to his forward line in the upcoming transfer window having been heavily reliant on Olivier Giroud during the first three months of the season.”
Desperate? Have you ever known our boss to be “desperate”? Especially when he now has Theo back as a possible back up, and Podolski back in training. Irrespective of what you might think of either player as a centre forward, just consider either as a centre forward with Ozil and Cazorla behind him. Arry the Red’s dog could score playing in front of those two.
The other “fact” being thrown in is that Nicklas Bendtner will go somewhere in the new year. Bendtner quoted Real Madrid as a possible location, so maybe there is a swop arrangement on the cards, but that really doesn’t quite ring true.
Here’s another idea: Morata wants to play for Spain so needs more activity than he is getting with Real Mad. Maybe – although whether he will get it at Arsenal is surely dependent on Giroud’s fitness. We could play him in the FA Cup though.
As for Real Mad, Bale is apparently a hit, scoring lots of goals, as he should at that price, and Karim Benzema is doing ok too.
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The story has come from a Spanish radio station Onda Cero. But we know what they are like. Remember the “Cesc flies in this morning” stories? In the end there was a transfer – but not on the days that Cesc was spotted at the airport by inebriated radio hacks.
Tottenham H were said to be interested in Morata too while negotiating over Bale, but Real were said to have turned it down. Maybe Morata took a look at Tottenham and said “no thanks”.
Clearly the door that opened to allow Mesut Ozil come to the Ems allows Arsenal to pick up the phone and try again. Arsenal and Real Mad have not always been on the best of terms, as when they bought Nik Anelka from us for £22.5m and there was a long term failure to pay the bill, and Arsenal had to get a bit edgy about it, but all that was sorted and things are now better. The clubs did later do a swap deal for 2006/7 with Jose Antonio Reyes and Julio Baptista swapping places, but I am not sure either side thought they got much out of that one.
Morata scored his first Real Mad goal in November last year as a sub. His first start was on 17 February this year and he scored in three minutes before being substituted on the half hour. In March he played against Barcelona and provided an assist. But he’s only played 24 games for the club, and scored four goals.
So maybe this is it. But then I thought that about Higuain, and it took days of digging to work out the convoluted trail of transfers involving Napoli, Real Mad and Arsenal to see what really happened. And that was after the event. Trying to unravel this before the event is impossible.
In short, he could come here, but I haven’t got a clue.