Arsenal and Chelsea are set for a summer battle in signing Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata. The striker was part of the Spain squad and scored three goals in Euro 2016, where they were knocked out of the tournament in the Round of 16 clash against Italy.
The Champions League winners triggered his £23m ($29.6m) buyback clause, which saw the striker return to the Spanish capital club from Juventus. According to the Evening Standard, both the London clubs are set to lock horns in signing Morata in the summer transfer window.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte convinced Morata to join Juventus in 2014. After he moved to the Turin club, a month later, the Italian boss left the Serie A outfit. Conte has now taken charge at Stamford Bridge and he remains hopeful that he can once again convince him to join his side this summer.
Even before Morata joined Juventus, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was an admirer of the Spain international. The Real striker is a priority target for the Gunners' manager and will face competition from London rivals for his signature.
Morata's agent Juanma Lopez is set to have talks with the La Liga giants regarding his client's future. The striker needs assurances of regular playing time at Santiago Bernabeu, who has to fight with Karim Benzema for a place in the starting lineup.
The French striker is likely to be the first choice player in that position, which could force Morata to find another top European club, where he will be the main man to lead their attack. Arsenal and Chelsea are in line to secure his services.
Real are looking at a fee of £57m ($73.5m) from interested clubs to sanction the sale of Morata. However, both the Premier League clubs are unwilling to meet the 11-time European champions' asking price for their player and will only look to sign the player if Real president Florentino Perez lowers the price tag for his striker.