Arsenal rival Tottenham Hotspur with last-ditch Alvaro Morata offer

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both desperate to persuade Alvaro Morata that he should turn down Juventus and complete a £16m switch to the Premier League, with the Express reporting that Real Madrid will get two last-ditch offers from North London for the striker over the next 48 hours.

Madrid are reluctant to lose the Spanish starlet but have been forced to listen to offers because of the 21-year-old's contract situation, with his current deal expiring in 12 months and no desire from either party to a agree a long-term extension.

Morata believes his future lies elsewhere because of the quality in his position at the Bernabeu, but despite holding a long-term interest in the versatile young forward Arsenal and Spurs are both facing a race against time to complete their first summer signing.

Buy-back issue

Juventus are very much in pole position to make Morata a Serie A star because they are willing to meet Madrid's deal-breaker in terms of agreeing to let their most promising youngster leave, a three-year clause which allows Los Blancos to buy back the starlet at any time for £20m.

Madrid have successfully used that kind of contract to get promising academy prospects back in the past, including current first-team regular Dani Carvajal, and want the same for Morata as a non-negotiable.

Wenger's defiance

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has asked about Morata's availability on more than one occasion in the past six months, but is unwilling to have the buy-back clause hanging over Morata's development and wants a straight cash deal, but won't stretch beyond a final offer of £16m.

Spurs are also very keen and definitely need strike reinforcements to allow Mauricio Pochettino to build a strong side next season, but can't offer Champions League football like Arsenal or Juve.

Madrid are waiting to see if Luis Suarez becomes available and will make a final decision on Morata once there is clarity from Liverpool on that situation, but Morata wants to go and barring a late change of heart he could well be a Juve player in the next three weeks.

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