Arsenal's pursuit of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata looks dead in the water after Bundesliga side Wolfsburg lodged a whopping €28m offer for the Spanish starlet, with Tuttosport reporting that the Bundesliga side will now fight to stop Juventus clinching a summer transfer coup.
Morata has been a favourite of the Arsenal transfer rumour mill for some time thanks to flashes of genuine quality for Real Madrid this season, scoring nine goals in all competitions and proving to be a perfect impact substitute in La Liga.
The 21-year-old is desperate for more consistent first-team football though and is ready to force through a summer move in search of just that, but it now looks increasingly unlikely that Arsenal will be the team that realises that ambition.
Tuttosport believe that Juventus remain favourites to sign the versatile young forward despite an ambitious attempt from Wolfsburg to hijack that deal, after making it clear they are willing pay Madrid mega money as they attempt to challenge for a Champions League place next season.
Madrid are prepared to talk terms over Morata's sale on the proviso that they include a favourable buy-back clause in the deal, a clause that worked successfully in the Spanish side's favour when they re-signed Dani Carvajal last summer.
Juve have held early talks with Madrid over a move for Morata and believe the lure of Champions League football and linking up with compatriot Fernando Llorente can help pave the way for a deal over the next few weeks, despite a very lucrative alternative offer from Wolfsburg.
While those two sides fight it out for one of Europe's finest talents Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be left to look elsewhere for much-needed attacking additions, as the Gunners look to ease the pressure on Olivier Giroud next season.