Arsenal have reopened talks to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who is also on the radar of Premier League rivals Tottenham and Manchester United. The 21-year-old Spain Under-21 international is reportedly keen on a move to England and a deal could be done in the forthcoming weeks.
The Telegraph claim Real Madrid are willing to negotiate on a fee for Morata, but ideally want a buy-back clause inserted into the highly-rated Spaniard's contract. The forward has scored 11 goals in 53 appearances for the senior Real Madrid team after making his name in the youth team but has found starts hard to come with competition fierce at the Bernabeu.
The situation is not expected to become any easier for Morata if he stays with the newly-crowned European champions next season, with Real Madrid seriously considering a world-record bid for Liverpool's prolific forward Luis Suarez. Meanwhile, it's believed Karim Benzema could sign a new contract to stay at the club, despite being linked with a move to the likes of Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.
Most of Morata's 23 La Liga appearances this season came from the substitutes' bench, although he still managed to showcase his eye for goal by netting eight times. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was keen to bring the youngster to the Emirates Stadium on loan in January, to ease the burden on Olivier Giroud, but the Gunners were unable to secure a deal.
However, Arsenal look set to land their man, as long as they agree to insert the buy-back clause into Morata's contract and fend off stiff competition from both United and Spurs.