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Agent confirms offers as Arsenal eye Spaniard but Chelsea also keen
According to the Daily Mail, Alvaro Morata’s agent has confirmed the striker has offers from ‘top clubs’ in England amid reports that Arsenal are back in for the Spanish hitman.
Arsene Wenger is looking to bring in a striker this summer to offer competition to Olivier Giroud following a serious knee injury to Danny Welbeck which is set to keep him out for the majority of next season.
Jamie Vardy was our prime target but Leicester City confirmed earlier today that the 29-year-old has snubbed a move to Arsenal in favour of signing a new contract at the King Power.
The newspapers have been speculating over who Wenger will turn his attention to now and the Express reported that we’ve renewed our interest in Spanish international Alvaro Morata.
The 23-year-old was strongly linked with a move to the Emirates earlier in the summer and now it appears the boss is back in for him after Juve confirmed that Real Madrid have activated his £23m buyback clause.
The Champions League winners are expected to sell Morata on at a huge profit and the strikers agent, Juanma Lopez, has now confirmed that his client has offers from ‘top clubs’ in the Premier League.
‘He still has offers from top clubs in the Premier League,’
‘As things stand he is a Madrid player from July 1. Whether he will stay or not, you have to ask Real Madrid.
‘We will see. We still have to talk to Zinedine Zidane, but for the moment Morata is happy.’
Obviously the agent doesn’t disclose any names but the Daily Mail suggest that Arsenal and Chelsea could be two of the interested parties, so it looks like we could be going head-to-head with our London rivals over Morata’s signature.
Wenger doesn’t usually like to enter bidding wars, particularly with the real big spenders like Chelsea, but hopefully the boss will do all he can to compete this time around as Morata would be an exciting signing.
He’s by no means the finished article as he’s only scored 12 goals in 47 appearances for Juventus over the past two years but he does have the potential to become one of the finest strikers in Europe.
However, the problem is probably going to come down to price. Madrid know there is plenty of interest and I’ve seen price-tags ranging from £40m-£60m in the media. Wenger might push to £40m but I just don’t see him paying anywhere near £60m, and rightly so.
Even for £40m I’d expect a proven world class striker and I’d personally rather we went for Higuain if we’re going to have to pay silly money for Morata.