Report: Serie A giants to rival Arsenal for Morata

Alvaro Morata

Just when you thought the Alvaro Morata race couldn’t be more crowded, Serie A have arrived.

The Real Madrid man has been linked with moves far and wide, with Arsenal reportedly keen as Liverpool have also been tipped to make a play for the 21-year-old.

Theo Walcott’s extended injury layoff has only intensified reports that the Gunners are in the process of securing the Spaniard’s signature – even if Carlo Ancelotti was adamant on Saturday he would remain at the Santiago Bernabeu.

So as AS contend that agent Juanma Lopez has been to London to negotiate a loan deal at the Emirates and El Chiringuito de Jugones maintain Benfica are ready to rock the boat with a €7m cash offer – the plot thickens.

Per Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Serie A clubs are now ready to enter the fray as the saga rolls on towards deadline day.

Juventus and Inter are the parties named – both in the market for a dynamic option up front – though nothing is official and interest is preliminary.

Di Marzio has claimed that Real Madrid will require between €12m and €14m to allow the young striker to leave – with a major sticking point the Blancos’ desire to have a buyback clause as part of any deal.

The figures proposed far exceed that which Benfica have reportedly offered – whilst the capital outfit’s required right of redemption may explain clubs’ lack of progress in negotiations for a straight sale.

Should Inter or Juventus accept these terms, according to Di Marzio, Morata is an attainable object in the January transfer window.

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