The protracted transfer saga surrounding Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata may soon be over, according to the latest report out of Italy.
Morata, 21, found himself low down in the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu last season, making just three starts in La Liga for the Champions League winners.
The Spaniard nonetheless bagged an impressive eight goals in limited minutes, putting on display the clinical edge that makes him one of Europe’s most sought-after youngsters.
Arsenal have been after Morata since January in a bid to supplement the overworked Olivier Giroud up front, with interest expected to spill over into the summer transfer window.
Meanwhile, North London rivals Tottenham are said to have entered the race for his services in the past week, whilst Marca claimed on Tuesday that Morata is destined to be playing Premier League football next term.
But according to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are prepared to slip in and bring Morata to Serie A instead by making an offer that appeals to Real Madrid.
Di Marzio’s report reads: “Juventus will try to close the deal on June 2, proposing a loan with an option to redeem him and the option for Real to counter-redeem him.
“The player would like the destination because it would allow him to play in the Champions League next season and Real wants to have a good relationship with Juventus to have a sort of fast track if in the future they will try to buy Vidal and Pogba.”
Juventus have been sniffing around Morata over the past month, and it now seems they’re ready to act quickly to secure his signature as early as next week.
The right conditions appear to be in place for to close the deal, the Bianconeri amenable to offering Real a buy-back clause and holding a pair of targets in Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba.
Arsenal lack this leverage and are likely unwilling to engage in anything other than a straight purchase, two factors that could explain why Juventus may win out here.
As for Tottenham, it’s unclear how serious their interest in Morata is - and Spurs could simply have joined the party too late with Juventus reportedly keen to wrap up negotiations before the transfer window opens.