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