ARSENAL are leading the race to sign striker Alvaro Morata, according to Italian outlet Tuttosport – but the Gunners are likely to have to fork out at least £38million to get their man.
Morata has enjoyed an impressive season, helping Juventus retain the Serie A title, before scoring the winner in their 1-0 Coppa Italia victory over AC Milan.
But it’s Real Madrid who Arsenal will almost certainly have to pay if they want to land the 23-year-old hot-shot.
The Spanish giants sold Morata to Juventus two years ago for £16m but they inserted a clause giving them the right to re-sign the player for a guaranteed £24m.
With Morata’s value having soared after an excellent spell in Italy, Real Madrid seem certain to invoke that clause and then sell him on for a significant profit.
The forward is set to meet Madrid officials next week to discuss his future.
Although he came through Real Madrid’s system and scored 10 goals in 37 La Liga appearances for them before joining Juve, he doesn’t appear to have much chance of becoming a regular at the Bernabeu, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale ahead of him.
While Arsenal are desperate to add firepower, £38m would be a big outlay for boss Arsene Wenger considering they’ve just spent £30m to bring midfielder Granit Xhaka to the Emirates from Borussia Monchengladbach.