Date:28th May 2022 at 5:00am
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Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is reportedly very close to signing for Arsenal this summer…

THE LOWDOWN: FORMER TARGET

The Spanish striker has long been a target for the Gunners, with the prospect of a move having been explored once again with the north London side keen to add to their attacking options ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Alexandre Lacazette looks likely to depart at the end of his contract and despite Eddie Nketiah having seemingly agreed a new deal at the Emirate Stadium, there is still a dire need for reinforcements up front.

Now, it appears that the Gunners are edging towards bringing in a familiar forward.

THE LATEST: VERY CLOSE

As per Spanish outlet  Sport, the Gunners are ‘very close’ to sealing the signature of Morata for a fee of £25m.

THE VERDICT: NOT PROLIFIC

The former Chelsea striker’s career trajectory has been a mystery nobody knows how to solve, performing below his capabilities wherever he has played, but clubs still tend to pay massive fees to get him on board.

The Spanish international seems destined for another big move, with clubs across the continent continuing to retain an interest in him. The last few years have been difficult for the £27m-rated forward, who may not get a permanent move at Juventus after their big-money capture of former Arsenal target Dusan Vlahovic.

This is a forward who is far from prolific in front of goal, becoming notorious for his lack of composure inside the penalty area. So far this campaign in Serie A, he’s only registered nine goals in 35 outings from 2.34 shots per 90.

He scored just 12 times in 34 outings for Atletico in 2019/20 and then bagged only 11 goals in 32 matches for Juve last term.

Then, as a result of his form for Spain at the Euros last summer, pundit Gary Neville launched a scathing attack on his abilities, saying: “He’s got that vulnerable look about him, almost like he needs a cuddle.”

The Gunners clearly need a consistent goalscoring presence in front of goal next season to further their development under Arteta, and it is evidently clear the 52-time Spanish international isn’t that man.
The club may need to look elsewhere.
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