Arsenal are reportedly eyeing summer moves for Real Madrid's rising stars, striker Alvaro Morata and defensive midfielder Casemiro as both have had very few opportunities this season with Los Blancos, according to reports.
The 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder has apparently been watched by Gunners' scouts to track his progress as boss Arsene Wenger is keen on a deal this summer – Arsenal have already made contact, according to the Mirror.
Casemiro, who joined Real Madrid from Sao Paolo in a £5m deal in 2013, has done well with limited opportunities and his excellent form did not go unnoticed by Europe's top clubs such as Arsenal and Inter Milan – the talented youngster had a great game against Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League quarter-final second leg.
The Italian giants are willing to pay a significant amount of money to secure his services, although Real want to include a buy-back clause in the deal.
The Gunners are also looking at another Real Madrid prospect, Alvaro Morata. The Spanish Under-21 striker is valued in the £12m bracket. Wenger has earmarked a striker as Arsenal's top summer transfer priorities and Morata is reportedly on top of his shopping list as he is said to be a keen admirer of the player.
However, Arsenal's hopes of luring the young striker from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer has suffered a massive setback after he expressed his commitment to his club – even though the Spaniard has expressed his frustration over his lack of appearances at the Bernabeu.
Morata was close to moving to the Emirates Stadium on loan during the January transfer window and recent reports in Spain claim he has already agreed personal terms to make the move to north London this summer.
Meanwhile, Morata keeps taking every opportunity to prove his worth. He has scored in Real Madrid's last three La Liga games coming on from the bench, making him the most clinical striker in Europe with a goal every 47 minutes.
Wenger - who knows victory over West Ham is imperative to book a place in next season's Champions League - is looking at some marque signings with a striker and midfielder topping his wish-list but there is an acceptance that he needs to strengthen in all areas and in all age groups – Everton are in pole position for a top-four finish after beating Sunderland to leapfrog the Gunners.