Alvaro Morata's agent Juanma Lopez has admitted talks regarding the striker's future are ongoing after making it clear no deal has been agreed with any English club following interest from Arsenal and Chelsea. The Juventus forward's representative has given the Italian club hope of keeping him beyond the current campaign, which he ended in fine style by scoring the winner in the Italian Cup final against AC Milan on Sunday (22 May).
According to the Independent, the north London club are willing to make the Spanish striker their highest paid player with a reported contract worth £150,000 a week, but will have to fork out a huge fee, as Real Madrid are also involved in the deal as they hold a buy-back clause on their former player. The Spanish capital club are said to be keen on exercising their clause and re-signing him for around €30m (£23.6m, $34m) only to sell him to the highest bidder and make a profit.
The 23-year-old forward has not had a spectacular season on the goal front, scoring just 12 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions, but he did chip in with a further 12 assists. Morata is highly rated and has garnered attention from clubs across Europe, with English clubs Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, evincing a lot of interest in signing him this summer.
Lopez, however, has given Juventus a major boost by suggesting that they can still hold on to the Spain international forward as there is no definite agreement with other interested clubs. Moreover, Juventus president Giuseppe Marotta is hoping they can stay can keep him at the club, and believes the striker is also keen to continue his development in Turin.
"He is a top player at tworld level. As for his future, we do not know anything yet, we do not know where he will play next year," Lopez said, as quoted by Goal.com
"There is nothing definite with English clubs and Juve can still hope," the former Real forward's agent added.