Arsenal prepare shock bid for striker with £23.7m buy-back clause

Arsene Wenger is eyeing up a move for Alvaro Morata with Real Madrid willing to excise their buy-back clause for the Juventus strike and sell to the highest bidder, reports the Telegraph.

The Royal club have a clause which entitles them to sign Morata for £23.7million this summer, having sold him to Juventus for £15.8m two years ago.

And the Spanish giants are planning to exercise their right to re-sign the 23-year-old before selling him to the highest bidder – with Arsenal among his suitors.

Arsenal will be expected to pay in the region of at least £30m to land Morata, with Real looking to make a profit on the Spain international.

Wenger has been keen on Morata since his days in the youth teams at Real Madrid but the striker has developed into a feared centre forward since moving to Serie A.

The Spanish international has scored 25 goals in 87 appearances for the Italian giants during his two seasons in Turin so far – winning the Scudetto and Coppa Italia during his debut campaign.

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As well as Arsenal, Morata has attracted interest from Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

And speaking last month the forward indicated he is open to a move to England or Germany – less tactical leagues where he believes his style would thrive.

‘I am happy in Italy but Germany and England are both countries where my style of football could be better suited,’ he told Marca.

‘I like the Premier League a lot because of the way football is played there. It’s more attractive for a striker because it is not as tactical as in Italy.’

Despite losing place in Juventus’ starting spot, Morata ha been very effective this season. Juve’s No.9 has made 41 appearances and has had a hand in  18 goals.