Rumours linking Arsenal with Alvaro Morata look set to dominate the summer transfer window.
The Gunners have reportedly earmarked Juventus’ striker as the man capable of helping them end their 12-year wait for the Premier League title and made a bid to sign him.
However, in typical Arsenal fashion, striking a deal for the Spain international will be rather complicated.
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According to various sources, former employers Real Madrid will activate Morata’s £25 million buy-out clause this summer only to then sell him to Arsenal for double.
The striker is keen on staying at the Juventus Stadium, though, and the feeling’s mutual where the Italian giants are concerned.
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Fresh reports from The Sun, per AS, suggest the very same but also insist that Morata would fancy a move to the Emirates Stadium - on one condition.
If the Spaniard is forced to leave Italy and re-join Real, he would jump at the chance to sign for Arsene Wenger’s side.
Promising news for the Gunners, I think you’ll agree.
And it’s no wonder Morata is so interested in a move to north London after the same publication suggested Arsenal will offer him £155,000-per-week wages, making him their highest paid player.
It’s unlikely that would last long, though, with star duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez due to receive huge wage increases if they sign new deals.
For now, Arsenal fans will only hope that Real indeed activate the buy-back clause amidst the Gunners’ need for a clinical finisher.
Current strikers Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott have all endured frustrating seasons and managed 25 Premier League goals between them - a total expected from any title-winning side’s centre forward.
Morata's goalscoring statistics last season were far from prolific - he scored seven Serie A goals in 36 appearances - but the general consensus dictates that he’s a marked improvement on the above trio.
His arrival would represent more than just a top-class signing too. In doing so, Wenger could also secure the futures of Ozil and Sanchez, who have demanded new signings are made this summer.
Arsenal have made an excellent start, of course, with Granit Xhaka’s arrival from Borussia Monchengladbach expected to be announced in the coming days.
The Swiss midfielder was pictured wearing the Gunners’ new home strip over the weekend and also outside of the Emirates with his family.
Xhaka’s arrival would see Arsenal’s midfield options increase to six, with Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny and Santi Cazorla also available for selection.