Arsenal plan Morata loan if Suarez joins Real Madrid

Goal revealed on Friday that the Liga giants were plotting a move for the Liverpool star, and Arsene Wenger hopes to take advantage by snapping up the highly rated youngster
By Wayne Veysey | Chief correspondent

Arsenal are weighing up a January loan move for Alvaro Morata - but will only get him if Real Madrid sign Luis Suarez in the winter window.

Goal understands that Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to striker Morata as he prepares to reinforce his front line next month.

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An ambitious loan move for Juventus' Fernando Llorente also remains an option for the Gunners, who are considering a temporary solution to their centre-forward problem ahead of a concerted push for a marquee spearhead next summer.

Wenger is an admirer of Morata, a Spain Under-21 international, but sources have said that he will only be loaned out by Real in January if the Spanish giants can clinch the sensational signing of Suarez.

Goal revealed on Friday that Real will make a move for Suarez in the forthcoming window after making the in-form Liverpool man their marquee target for 2014. It is understood Real will pay up to £60million to prise the Uruguayan from Anfield.

A side effect of what is likely to develop into one of next year's principal transfer sagas is the future of Morata.

The 21-year-old has only started one Real match this season, but he has come off the substitute's bench on 13 occasions, scoring two goals.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted on Friday that the forward could be loaned out next season but ruled out the possibility of a move in the second half of this campaign, describing the subject as "closed".

However, that would change if Real are successful in what is expected to develop into a concerted push for Suarez.

Wenger’s priority remains to capture a top striker after moves for Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain, Stevan Jovetic and Wayne Rooney all fell through last summer, while the Gunners were also unable to agree a last-ditch loan deal for Chelsea’s Demba Ba.

Wenger is well aware of the difficulties in landing A-list options in the notoriously difficult January window, when the big clubs are reluctant to sell their best players.

As reported by Goal, Arsenal accept that Liverpool will not sell Suarez to them in the new year and, despite receiving encouragement that Rooney is still unsettled at Manchester United, have turned their attention to more realistic alternatives.

The Premier League leaders' sights are currently set on Llorente and Morata in a bid to secure more back-up to spearhead Olivier Giroud for the second half of the season.

Arsenal are also keeping close tabs on a second Serie A forward, Stephan El Shaarawy, although any move for the AC Milan player is expected to be delayed until next summer.

Llorente has emerged as a possible short-term option even though he would be cup-tied for the Champions League.

The 28-year-old initially had a difficult time in Turin following his summer transfer on a free from Athletic Bilbao but he has developed an increasingly productive partnership with Carlos Tevez over the last six weeks and it is increasingly unlikely that Juventus will loan him out.

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