Antonio Conte admits admiration for 'world class' Arsenal striker target Alvaro Morata

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Arsenal linked Alvaro Morata is also keenly wanted by Juventus.

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is one of the names most consistently linked with a transfer to Arsenal, yet they face serious competition.

Clubs in Serie A are queuing up to sign him should he become available, with Juventus and Inter Milan most keen.

And Juventus boss Conte has admitted his admiration for the Spanish under-21 striker, hailing his potential as 'world class', but admitting his future lies in the hands of Real Madrid.

He is reported by Marca to have said: "Morata is a great player with a big future ahead of him. I can say with certainty that he could one day be a world class player but at the moment he plays for Real Madrid, and that is also a great club."

Morata scored seven goals in limited opportunities for Madrid this season, but showed his potential by also netting eight for Spain's under-21 side.

At just 21, Real are reluctant to deal away the prospect at present despite interest from overseas.

Morata clearly needs regular game time to progress, and a loan was mooted this season but never materialised due to him being the only back-up for Karim Benzema.

With Benzema being reportedly up for sale, while a replacement will be bought in, Morata may still be required at Real to boost their depth.

Yet if he is made available, Arsenal clearly will not have it all their own way when it comes to the race for his coveted signature.

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