Arsenal face competition from Real Madrid for £23.6m striker – report

Real Madrid will buy back Juventus striker Alvaro Morata in the summer, according to The Guardian

Arsenal are set to face competition from Real Madrid in the race to sign Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, according to The Guardian.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the Spain international after Danny Welbeck was ruled out for nine months following a serious knee injury during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.

The 23-year-old Juventus striker scored seven times in 33 appearances for the Turin side as Massimiliano Allegri’s side won their fourth successive Serie A crown last month.

However, Morata continues to be linked with a move away from Italy after starting just 16 of his 33 Serie A games for the reigning Italian champions over the course of the campaign.

According to The Guardian, Real Madrid have decided to activate the striker’s £23.6m buy back clause amid interest from Arsenal ahead of the summer transfer window.

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Chelsea have also been linked with a move for the Spain international as the west London side prepare for Antonio Conte to take over.

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