Spain's Alvaro Morata in action with Turkey's Selcuk Inan
Real Madrid on Tuesday confirmed on their website that they had exercised their buy-back clause on Juventus's Arsenal linked striker Alvaro Morata, for a fee reported by the Mirror to be around £24 million.
It is the latest in a peculiar transfer chase that could still yet see Real sell Morata for a much higher price, with the Mail saying Arsenal and Chelsea said to be continuing to follow the player's situation despite figures of £50 million being discussed.
The Gunners, of the many high profile teams in the Premier League linked with the Spain international, are perhaps the side most closely associated with holding a long standing interest in the 23-year-old.
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Having been linked since Morata was still in Spain by the likes of Marca, and throughout his time at Juventus, it appears Arsene Wenger has long missed any chance to sign the forward for a reasonable fee, if he indeed ever held any interest, despite many supporters wishing for attacking reinforcements.
Morata has developed since his final campaign at the Bernabeu, coming on leaps and bounds in terms of his quality as a forward during his two year spell in Italy.
The youngster may not have rocked the boat with his goalscoring, still yet to score more than eight goals in a league season, but some of his general play in key matches for Juve has hinted at how good a player he should become, and he is currently starring for his country at the European Championships.
Spain's Alvaro Morata in action with Croatia's Tin Jedvaj
Even as Real let Morata depart in 2014, there were reservations about whether it was the right thing to do, with few specialist centre forward options behind Karim Benzema.
But with Morata back at his boyhood club, we take a look at how Arsenal fans reacted to the news, some of whom expressed reluctance in paying the huge figures mentioned for the player, and others disappointed in Wenger's inability to pay big for a top centre forward:
#Arsenal should spend £60 million on Aubameyang, if we don't sign Vardy, £60 million would be wasted on Morata— Stephen Hook (@Venom_Man_1690) June 21, 2016
Arsene Wenger is one unlucky manager, most players that he wants he doesn't get, now he has given up on Morata. Is Vardy another one?— Franco (@Zuks_Franco) June 21, 2016
@ElSpanishGooner reckon we're standing a chance to land Morata? Surely Wenger/board will be reluctant to splash big money on him— Announce Mkhitaryan (@ArtweetaAFC) June 21, 2016
@makeezyfosheezy I still like Spain even with the loss. Morata looks good. Now if only Wenger will buy him since Vardy is a no go lolol.— Ben Brown (@BenJammin__) June 21, 2016
Arsenal fans: We will sign Vardy, (Vardy skins them); We will sign Morata (goes to Madrid): Sanogo is back (Wenger gives a thumbs up)— Ole Teya (@Kevin_teya) June 21, 2016
Now that Morata has rejoined Madrid & Vardy has told us to Fucc off. I guess Wenger can settle for Akpom & Sanogo.— D4M14N (@iMancub) June 21, 2016
Those Morata moves are what @Arsenal need. Time to dust up the cheaque book Monsieur Wenger— Shiashia (@keithisindu) June 21, 2016