Arsenal suffer blow after Juventus hint £23.6m could return to Spain

Juventus admit Real Madrid could avail of buyback clause in Alvaro Morata's contract

Alvaro Morata could return to Real Madrid in the summer transfer window, according to Juventus director Beppe Marotta.

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.

Madrid have a buyback clause which means Los Blancos could re-sign their former striker in a £23.6m as Zinedine Zidane looks to add further depth to his attacking options.

And Juventus director Marotta admitted that the Spanish striker is facing an uncertain future.

“Morata is an important player for us and we have to wait for the Champions League Final, because it could change Real Madrid’s entire season, without forgetting they are playing for the Liga title today,” Marotta is quoted as saying by Football Italia.

“We will meet afterwards and try to keep him, fully aware that the player wants to stay and has always made it clear this is the ideal habitat to grow.

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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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