Wenger not given up hope in signing Spaniard in January

Arsene Wenger is refusing to give up hope of signing top target Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid in January, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Real Madrid have insisted there will be no mid-season departures from the Bernabeu, but Wenger remains confident a deal can be struck.

Both Morata and Karim Benzema have been on the Gunners boss’s radar, but Morata seems the more likely option.

The Spain Under-21 international has struggled for first team football at the Bernabeu, but Carlo Ancelotti insists he wants nobody leaving as the club try to close a five point gap on league leaders Barcelona in the second half of the season.

The situation is likely to change in the summer, with Real still believing they can sign Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, despite the Uruguayan recently penning a new deal at Anfield.

The Gunners have also been linked with Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa, but similarly to Real they remain reluctant to do any business in January.

Diego Simeone’s side only trail Barcelona by goal difference at the top of La Liga, and are preparing to take on AC Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The situation could change should a club trigger Costa’s £32million release clause in January, but Arsenal are believed to be reluctant to pay that much, and would prefer the loan signing of Morata.

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