Real want £24m for striker target - How can Arsenal reduce the fee?

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Madrid have reportedly put a £24millon asking price on their young striker, who is an Arsenal target

Arsenal have been dealt a transfer window blow as target Alvaro Morata has been priced at £24million by Real Madrid, according to TalkSport.

Morata has been given permission to leave the Bernabéu this summer in his pursuit of first-team football, although Madrid would rather it be a loan move.

Any club wishing to purchase the young Spaniard will have to pay a whopping £24million for a player who has scored just eleven times during his stay at the world’s biggest club.

But Arsenal have been given a lifeline in the deal that could see them sign Morata for up to £10m less than Madrid’s asking price.

Real are keen to include a buy-back clause in any sale of the 21-year-old, thought to be in the region of £14-£20 million. The clause would see Real pay whatever fee Morata is bought for, with an increased 30% of the original deal on top.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger however is not believed to be in favour of the proposal, as he looks to build a long-term squad capable of challenging for silverware over the next three-years. Arsenal ended their nine-year trophy drought last month; as they went on to lift the FA Cup, a triumph Wenger is keen to build on.

Wolfsburg, Juventus and Inter Milan are also thought to be on the prowl for Morata, but similarly to Arsenal have been put off by a potential inclusion of a buy-back clause.

Morata has found games hard to come by at the European Champions, with a front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzama providing stiff competition for the youngster. Real’s reported interest in Liverpool’s Luis Suarez this summer would also spell bad news for Morata, who is seeking a club that will offer him first-team football.

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