Arsenal left themselves short in attack for the rest of the season, after the Gunners allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to rescind his contract so he could join Barcelona as a free agent.
The player forced the issue on deadline day, after he arrived at Barcelona’s El Prat airport, without being asked to by either the Premier League club or the Blaugrana. At one point it looked like the move could fall through, leaving Aubameyang with egg on his face, but compromises were made, and he got the switch he wanted.
After a breakdown in relationship with Mikel Arteta it wasn’t a big surprise to see the player leave, but Arsenal fans have been left concerned with a lack of options in attack for the rest of the current campaign.
The situation will be addressed in the summer, and a number of potential signings have already been linked with a move to the London side.
Italian journalist Niccolò Ceccarini believes Alvaro Morata is one of the possibilities.
Quoted by AreaNapoli, he said: “Juventus are not willing to redeem him for €35m and therefore in all likelihood he will return to Atletico Madrid. A new future in the Premier League is possible for him. Arsenal are strongly interested.”
The €35m is what Juventus would have to pay Atletico Madrid to make the striker’s move permanent, so it’s likely that if the Turin club refuse, a deal could be done for less than that amount.
In Spain, a meaningful future for Morata at Atletico is thought to be very unlikely, therefore, if Arsenal are as keen as presented, they should be able to get a good price.