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Morata has long been linked with a move to Arsenal.

Arsenal in £51 million talks with Real Madrid to sign Juventus' Alvaro Morata

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Arsenal’s search to find a top-class striker has officially begun, it seems.

The Gunners’ need for a clinical front man has reached new heights this season following a mixture of poor form and injuries suffered by Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck.

A grand total of 25 league goals between them is what would be expected of a striker playing for a title-winning side.

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The likes of Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been linked with a move and possess the quality to end Arsenal’s 12-year wait for Premier League success.

And it seems manager Arsene Wenger has taken steps towards signing such a player.

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According to the Independent, the Gunners are in £51 million talks with Real Madrid to sign Juventus striker Alvaro Morata this summer.

That is because Los Blancos plan to activate the Spaniard’s £23.6 million buy-back clause and then sell him on for a huge profit.

Such a move to the Emirates Stadium would see Morata become Arsenal’s record signing - a title currently owned by Mesut Ozil, who joined in 2013 for £42.5 million.

The problem remains, though, that Juventus want to keep the Spain international.

Giuseppe Marotta, the club’s general director, said of Morata’s future: “Keeping him at the club is an important objective for us, but what happens at the Champions League final may have much to do with his future.

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“We’ll do all we can to fulfil his wishes to stay in Turin, where he feels he is at a club that is perfect for his career development.”

Elsewhere, it seems Arsenal are close to finalising Granit Xhaka’s highly-anticipated move from Borussia Monchengladbach.

The 23-year-old has reportedly agreed to personal terms with the Gunners, with final details left to be decided upon.

Gladbach have themselves confirmed a bid has been received for Xhaka, saying in a statement: “Sporting director Max Eberl has confirmed that there has been a specific offer for the Swiss midfielder.

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“An agreement with the interested club is still pending.”

Xhaka’s seemingly imminent arrival would likely see Arsenal’s pursuit of Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante cease.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a spectacular debut campaign in the Premier League and, alongside Riyad Mahrez, has become a subject of interest across Europe.

Mahrez could yet become a genuine target of Arsenal’s, though, amidst their need for a new winger to play alongside Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

However, much could depend on Arsenal’s ability to keep their star duo in the summer transfer window.

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