Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has emphatically denied that strike starlet Alvaro Morata is set to join Juventus this summer, insisting no talks have taken place with the Serie A giants to hand Arsenal, Manchester United and any other suitors for the forward a major boost.
Morata has been consistently linked with a summer switch in search of consistent first-team opportunities thanks to Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale blocking his path at Madrid.
Juve were thought to be leading a race for the 21-year-old which Bundesliga giants Wolfsburg entered with a €28m offer earlier this week, but Perez has poured could water over links with a move to Italy while admitting Madrid need to hold talks with the Spanish youth international to clarify his future.
Perez is quoted in the Daily Express as telling El Larguero: "I'm friendly with Juve's directors but I haven't had any discussions with them.
"There is no chance that Morata will go to Turin.
"We certainly need to meet with Morata to talk but we have yet to do so."
Madrid are mulling over whether they can justify using Morata as an impact substitute next season, with the possibility of letting him leave with a buy-back clause included in the deal should circumstances change, in a similar vein to the way Real re-signed Dani Carvajal.
Arsenal are monitoring Morata's situation closely and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger reportedly considered trying to sign the forward in January, before eventually deciding to stick with Olivier Giroud as his lone front man.
Wenger definitely needs quality cover for the French international next season though, with attack one specific area in which Arsenal lack genuine competition for places.
United and Tottenham Hotspur have also been sporadically mentioned with scouting Morata, but with Wolfsburg upping the stakes this particular transfer race might not have much room left to run.