The transfer saga involving Alvaro Morata looks as though it could be one of the stories of the summer.
The situation surrounding the Spaniard is slightly more complicated than the straightforward transfer. That’s because Real Madrid are keen to trigger the buy-back clause for the striker - which is believed to be around £23 million.
But rather than keep Morata, Los Blancos are seemingly set to sell him on for big profit - around £40 million.
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And there are plenty of potential suitors, it seems.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with the 23-year-old for weeks but have since been joined in the race by London rivals Chelsea.
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Earlier this week, the Guardian reported that Chelsea have edged ahead of the Gunners in their pursuit with them prioritising his arrival after the departures of Radamel Falco and Alexandre Pato.
However, according to Marca, a third Premier League club have now expressed their interest. The Spanish outlet are reporting that Jose Mourinho is keen to reunite with Morata having managed him for three years during his time at the Bernabeu.
Madrid have until July 15 to trigger their buy-back clause for Morata but, after he’s impressed during his two years in Italy, it’s not out of the question that Zinedine Zidane will decide to keep him.
While he may have only scored 27 goals in 93 appearances in all competitions in Turin, Morata has come of age during his two seasons in Italy. Real Madrid, much to their devastation, saw at first-hand of Morata’s improvement when he scored in both legs against them during the semi-finals of the Champions League during the 2014/15 season as Juventus knocked Madrid out - he also went on to score the equaliser in the final against Barcelona before losing 3-1.
Working for Mourinho again is certainly something that could appeal to Morata. The Portuguese gave him his debut at Madrid and helped integrate him into the first-team during his final season in the Spanish capital.
Lack of Champions League football
However, while it may be attractive to play under the ‘Special One’ again, Arsenal surely have the upper hand with them being able to offer Champions League football.
Arsene Wenger was dealt a blow when Jamie Vardy admitted he wouldn't make a decision on a proposed move to the Emirates until after Euro 2016 and the Frenchman could turn his attentions to Morata.
Like United, Chelsea are unable to offer Morata Champions League football having finished a disappointing tenth.
So, it seems the possible teams Morata could be playing for next season are: Juventus, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United.
The race is certainly hotting up and it will only increase if Morata can fire Spain to glory this summer at Euro 2016.
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