Arsenal to offer Alvaro Morata huge contract to fend off interest from Chelsea

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Arsene Wenger wants to avoid making the same mistake twice.

Last summer, the Frenchman failed to sign a single senior outfield player - something that may have cost his side in their title challenge.

However, it certainly seems that he wants to get his summer dealings completed early as he attempts to end the Gunners’ 12-year wait for a Premier League trophy.


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They have been heavily linked with Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka with many reports stating that a deal is close to completion.

But Xhaka may not be the only player arriving at the Emirates in the coming weeks.

The Sun are reporting that Wenger is ready to smash the club’s wage record by offering £155,000-per-week to Juventus striker Alvaro Morata. The massive deal is to help fend off interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Mesut Ozil is currently the highest-paid player at the club, earning £140,000 - so it would be a real signal of intent from Wenger.

Real Madrid to trigger clause

The report - like many others in the past few months - suggest that Real Madrid are likely to trigger a buy-back clause for the 23-year-old striker this summer.

Los Blancos only need to pay £25 million to bring the Spaniard back to the Bernabeu and will be, cheekily, looking to sell him on for a huge profit. Madrid are likely to be willing to offload the talented forward for an offer of around £40 million.

Splashing the cash

In previous seasons, Wenger may not have been willing to part with such a huge sum of money but this summer may be different.

The manager is entering his final year of his contract and, therefore, it could his last season at the north London club. If that is the case, he’ll be hoping to go out in style and is giving himself the best possible chance of that by splashing the cash.

Striking competition

Morata is expected to lead the line for Spain at Euro 2016 but only managed to score 11 goals in 46 appearances for Italian Champions Juventus last season. To put that into context, under-fire striker Olivier Giroud has managed 24 goals in his 54 matches.

Giroud has become a bit of a scapegoat in the capital - despite his hat-trick against Aston Villa on the final day of the season - but is expected to still be at the club come next campaign. However, he lacks real competition up-front.

Danny Welbeck has been ruled for the majority of next season while Theo Walcott could leave after a disappointing campaign.

Therefore, the signing of a world-class striker is seen as essential and Morata could be the ideal man for the job.

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