The clause that could stop Arsenal signing Alvaro Morata

Any Arsenal deal for Alvaro Morata could depend on the Gunners conceding to a term by Real Madrid.

The Daily Mail claims Arsenal chiefs have headed off to Madrid to try and sort out a deal for Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata.

However, before Gunners everywhere get too excited about the Spaniard linking up with Olivier Giroud in the Arsenal attack, there is something which could cause a hiccup in any transfer.

The Mail has suggested that Real want a buy-back clause inserted into any deal for Morata, which cause problems with the potential to cause any deal agreed between the sides to fall through.

“Madrid are willing to sell, but will insist on a buy-back clause which is likely to prove a key stumbling block towards a deal,” reports the Mail.

Madrid’s willingness to sell could be a sign they are not going to be selling Frenchman Karim Benzema this summer, which would leave Morata with no choice other than to leave the club.

He’s made it clear that he wants to be playing more regularly but Carlo Ancelotti has stuck by Benzema when there was pressure from Real Madrid fans early last season, to drop the French star, giving Morata a chance.

Florentino Perez, Real Madrid president, could be the man behind any clause which goes into a deal with Arsenal.

Perez is widely known as a big admirer of Morata and someone who praised the youngster regularly when that same pressure from supporters began to grow last season.

A buy-back clause is almost like an insurance policy for Real Madrid and a sign that they still firmly believe in his quality and potential to do well in Spanish football.

A good parallel example is the clause Arsenal had inserted into Barcelona’s deal for Cesc Fabregas when he left the club in 2012. That deal gives Arsenal first option on re-signing Fabregas if any club makes an official bid for him.

Morata would be a top quality addition to the Arsenal attack but Arsene Wenger may have to give a little to get the forward he covets.

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