Alvaro Morata’s future seems far from being resolved ahead of next season.
The Juventus striker is wanted by a number of clubs but the situation is slightly more complicated than a usual transfer.
Real Madrid are keen to trigger the £23.6 million release clause for the 23-year-old but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Los Blancos are keen for him to return to the Bernabeu.
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The Spanish club are reportedly interested in selling Morata on for big profit - around £40 million - with a handful of Premier League clubs wanting to sign him.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with Morata for a number of weeks as Arsene Wenger attempts to strengthen his front-line.
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But Wenger isn’t the only Premier League manager looking to splash out on Morata. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho are also sniffing around and are willing to part with a large sum to sign him.
You’d think that Arsenal would have the upper-hand in signing Morata given the fact that they, unlike Chelsea and United, will be competing in next season’s Champions League.
However, according to Spanish newspaper AS, that’s certainly not the case.
In fact, they claim that the only clubs Morata is interested in joining are Chelsea and United and not the Gunners.
Although they state that his ‘dream’ is to succeed at Madrid, he realises that playing regular first-team football will be difficult with the trio Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale standing in his way.
Morata's relationship with Conte and Mourinho
While it may seem baffling that he’s hoping for a move to Chelsea and United ahead of Arsenal, when you fully consider it, it makes a bit more sense.
Conte played a key role in Morata moving to Juventus from Madrid while Mourinho gave the forward his debut in the Spanish capital.
Back in 2012, Morata spoke incredibly highly of ‘The Special One’ when he said: “He's the one who took a chance on me and the one who made sure that I wasn't offloaded in the summer. He gave me a lot of advice which has made me a better player and I will always be grateful to him for that.”
The report also claims that Mourinho has personally phoned Morata to state his interest and ask if he was willing to join him at the Theatre of Dreams.
Only join if Zlatan doesn't
The Swede is on the verge of moving to United after his contract expires with Paris Saint-Germain this summer but Morata wants to be first choice forward at the Premier League club.
So, it seems as though Conte and Mourinho are set to go head-to-head for the first time over the battle to sign Morata. This saga will definitely be one to keep a close eye on over the coming months.