It was widely expected that Arsene Wenger would launch a bid for the Juventus striker as he sought to solve the Gunners goal woes of last season. However, instead, Arsenal are caught up in a drawn-out pursuit of Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, 29, with the England striker mulling over a move to The Emirates.
Morata’s situation is clouded by Real Madrid. The Spanish giants inserted a buy-back clause when they sold the forward to Juventus for €20m in 2014. With a well-stocked forward line already, Real are expected to exercise that option and then sell the player on immediately, turning a quick profit to fund other signings.
The Spaniard, who leads his country’s line in their opening Euro 2016 match against Czech Republic today in Toulouse, is frustrated by his situation: “I hope this is all [taken care of] as quickly as possible. Honestly, I’m already tired of the subject of repurchase or not repurchase. I want to stop relying on others and only depend on myself. I hope it ends soon”
Jose Mourinho recently spoke to the player in a bid to persuade him to move to Old Trafford but it’s understood Morata has reservations over joining with Zlatan Ibrahimovic also set to move to Manchester.
It leaves the way clear for new Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, to push through with his plans for Morata to replace want-away striker, Diego Costa, 27. The Italian is keen to make a big-name signing to herald the beginning of his Stamford Bridge reign when he joins after Euro 2016 finishes.
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