The transfer saga surrounding Alvaro Morata is slightly more complicated than many others.
The Spanish striker has already rejoined Real Madrid from Juventus this summer - but that is unlikely to be Morata’s only move this summer.
That’s because the European Champions could well sell him on for profit with numerous Premier League clubs interested. One of those clubs is Arsenal with AS reporting last month that the Gunners have offered to double his wages - which works out at around £130,000-per-week.
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Zinedine Zidane’s side activated the £23 million release clause for Morata earlier this summer but could make big profit by selling him on for as much as £40 million.
Upon his return to the Bernabeu, Morata wants to clarify where he stands in the squad. His agent, Juanma Lopez, is set to meet with the club this week and inform them that the forward isn’t willing to sit on the bench next season.
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But Morata also wants a pay rise. The 23-year-old is demanding more money from the Spanish club - especially considering the amount he could earn in the Premier League.
However, the report states that Los Blancos are highly unlikely to offer him what he wants and are only willing to match what he was being paid at Juventus - around £33,000-per-week. That reluctance could see Arsenal given a major boost in their pursuit.
Chelsea are still interested
But it seems that Arsenal aren’t the only English side keen on Morata. Today, the Daily Mail claimed that Chelsea - despite just spending £33 million on Michy Batshuayi - are still holding out hopes to bringing him to Stamford Bridge.
Morata has often stated his frustrations at not knowing where his future lies following Madrid’s actions. Recently, he said: “I hope that my future can be resolved as quickly as possible, to know if I’m staying or if I’m going.
“Wherever they want me most, that’s where I’ll be.”
While he also insisted that, despite being a new signing, he hasn’t anything to prove on his return to Madrid.
“I've got nothing to prove. I'm not a Castilla player anymore,” he said.
Morata had previously spent four seasons in Madrid’s first-team, making 52 appearances in the Spanish capital before Juventus signed him. He’s enjoyed two successful campaigns where he has clearly improved as a player but, although he was seemingly keen to remain in Turin, he had little choice but to return to Madrid.
His next destination remains to be seen, though. He could stay in Spain or be tempted by a move to the Premier League - especially given the difference in wages that Madrid and English clubs are willing to pay him.