Real Madrid to keep Alvaro Morata despite Arsenal and Chelsea interest

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Will Arsenal ever sign a new striker? Well, judging by their luck so far this summer, probably not.

If reports are to be believed, Arsene Wenger is working hard to secure a top-class finisher before the new Premier League season starts but, so far, to no avail.

With each passing day, for one reason or another, the likes of Alvaro Morata, Alexandre Lacazette, Romelu Lukaku and Gonzalo Higuain look less and less likely to sign.


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Lacazette, for example, is said to be keen on a move to England yet Lyon, belligerently, insist on selling him for a fee greater than his £34 million release clause.

Put simply, Arsenal need to fork out at least £50 million if they want to sign any one of their top targets.

And just to add to insult to injury, it would seem Morata is set to stay at Real Madrid despite being frequently linked with the Gunners for the best part of two months.

Arsenal miss out on another striker - what a surprise.

According to Goal, Los Blancos have decided to keep the Spain international after re-signing him from Juventus last week for £23 million.

Reports suggested Zinedine Zidane hatched a plan to ship Morata for triple the fee he paid to bring him back to the Bernabeu, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

Missing out on the Spaniard is by no means the end of the world for Arsenal, but their options are fast dwindling after also missing out on Leicester City's Jamie Vardy last month.

So, of their remaining targets, who should the Gunners pursue?

Everton have reportedly slapped a £50 million price tag on Lukaku following a season where the Belgium international scored an impressive 18 Premier League goals.

However, the 23-year-old's renowned weaknesses came to the fore at Euro 2016, giving his suitors a timely reminder of the risk he represents.

Elsewhere, Higuain is also on Arsenal's rader, with talks set to be had between Wenger and Napoli over a proposed move to north London.

But there's a problem - and a big one at that: Napoli want an eye-watering £80 million for their prized asset.

Now, Wenger is by no means a big spender, but even fans will understand if the Frenchman ends his interest in the 28-year-old striker after being dealt such a bombshell.

All signs point towards another summer where Arsenal fail to sign a much-needed striker, through their own fault or not.

Unless Wenger throws caution to the wind and goes against his values by splashing £50 million plus on a striker, fans might just have to accept putting up with Olivier Giroud for another season.

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