Arsenal striker target 'agrees terms' with Juventus - report

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It is being reported that Alvaro Morata has agreed terms with Juventus, with just the clubs set to finalise a deal.

This summer Arsenal's main concern will surely be the introduction of a new striker at the club, after a season in which Olivier Giroud punched away by himself at the forefront of Arsenal's attacking line-up.

Nicklas Bendtner is gone, Yaya Sanogo not ready and any other options essentially non existent - there is no doubt that Arsenal need to sign a striker this summer.

One man who has been mentioned as a potential target is Real Madrid support striker Alvaro Morata. The Spanish youngster may not play regularly for Los Blancos, but when he does he usually scores. A natural finisher with a desire to play more regular football, he is certainly an attainable target for The Gunners.

This week he maintained a desire to stay at Real was his wish, but reports have also claimed that Arsenal have essentially agreed terms with the player ahead of next season - although, we have heard that before (Jovetic, Higuain etc).

But according to Diario As that is not the case, in fact he has agreed terms with another club entirely.

They report that the player himself has in fact agreed to join Italian champions Juventus next season. The Bianconeri, who have fellow Spaniard Fernando Llorente in their squad, are believed to be chasing an extra striker to cover the impending sale of Mirko Vucinic - who looks set to join Zenit St Petersburg.

Now the two clubs have to broker a deal - which is where things get tricky, and is reportedly why Arsenal have pulled out of any deal. Real want a buy-back option written into the deal so that if they regret the move a few years down the line, they can bring him back.

Real have done similar deals before with other players, but it is reported Arsenal refused such an option - which has put an end to a potential Premier League swoop for Morata.

Juventus are also not believed to be keen, but the two clubs will met in Turin on Monday to hopefully find a compromise. If they do, it will be another striker off the shopping list for Arsenal, and back to the drawing board for Arsene Wenger.

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