According to a report by Skysports, Arsenal have moved ahead of London rivals Chelsea in the pursuit of Spain and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who will command a fee of £65m.
Morata, 23, is currently on vacation after featuring for Spain national team at the on-going European championship, but is expected to rejoin reigning European champions Real Madrid for pre-season training later in the month.
Real acquired him back by activating the buy-back clause in his Juventus contract, and are now set to sell him for huge profit.
The Gunners are now believed to be in pole position to sign the Spaniard, as he has shelved the idea of moving to West London due to the fact that the club won’t be involved in the Champions League next season, according to The Mirror.
It would come as no surprise, given the level of competitiveness in the Premier League next year, if the tables turned for the London rivals, but report suggests that the striker is thinking short-term and his desire to play in the Uefa champion’s league next season.
Morata, was played pivotal role in the Juventus squad during his two years with the old lady, helping the club to back-to-back league title and a run to the Champions League final in 2015.
With so many top players in his way at the Bernabeu, and the player’s desire for a starting role at his next club, a move elsewhere looks likely with North London now the expected destination.