Arsenal’s transfer hopes may have just been dealt a hefty blow after Alvaro Morata’s girlfriend indicated he could stay at Juventus after all.
The Gunners had hoped that Morata could be their game-changer next season as they finally look to end their Premier League title drought.
However, the London Evening Standard have quoted Morata’s partner Alice Campello as saying:
“I’m not so sure that Alvaro will leave Turin.”
The news will probably perturb Arsenal fans more than it does Arsene Wenger, who may be breathing a sigh of relief given Morata’s price tag.
Real Madrid have a buy-back option on him believed to be around €30million, so if they choose to cash in, they will be asking for a considerably higher fee than that in order to make as much profit as possible.
Wenger cannot allow himself to get drawn into the Morata saga nonetheless, whether the striker leaves Juve or not.
The Spaniard would be the perfect fit at the Emirates, but even though he did not play as big a role as he would have hoped in Serie A this season, there is no reason for him to quit immediately.
Arsenal need to sign a striker, with Danny Welbeck out until 2017 and Olivier Giroud struggling to find any consistency.
If it is not going to be Morata, then they need to start looking elsewhere quickly.