Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has dominated the Madrid papers over the past few days as speculation mounts regarding his future.
The U21 Spanish international has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the past, but this week it is Italian champions Juventus who appear as the frontrunners.
The Serie A outfit appear keen to add a youthful goalscorer to their ranks next season, and the 21-year-old has been mentioned as a bargaining tool by Real Madrid to land Chilean international Arturo Vidal.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Italia, however, Madrid president Florentino Perez has poured cold water on such a deal by claiming there is no chance his player will move to Turn this summer.
He said: “I’m friendly with Juve’s directors but I haven’t had any discussions with them. There is no chance that Morata will go to Turin. We certainly need to meet with Morata to talk but we have yet to do so”
With Juventus out of the picture, does that now give Arsenal a clear run to attempt to lure the player to the Premier League?
The Gunners were said to be close to striking a deal for the youngster during the January transfer window, and with boss Arsene Wenger wishing to add another striker this summer, why not?
As a result of Morata’s current contract which set to expire in the summer of 2015, Arsenal could take advantage and his reported price-tag which ranges between €15million and €20million certainly fits in with their budget.
If Arsene Wenger has any lingering doubts, he only needs to look at the striker’s fabulous goal return as proof of his talent. With eight La Liga goals in less than 700 minutes, it makes him Spain’s most prolific striker for the season – beating fellow teammate and Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.