Chelsea now favourites as Arsenal ruled out of Morata signing

Alvaro Morata will not be playing for Arsenal next season, after Real Madrid upped their asking price to £60 Million, which immediately saw Arsenal drop out of the betting in every online sportsbook. Juventus confirmed that Real would be triggering their right to buy-back Alvaro Morata this summer, for a fee believed to be in the region of £25 Million.

Old Lady chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said: “Real Madrid have informed us of their intention to exercise the right to buy back [Morata], we are just waiting for a written offer.”

Reports have been spinning all summer around this supposed situation, with the Spanish giants set to buy the Spain international before selling him on within the same window, with a host of potential suitors believed to be lining up to land him.

Arsenal have been most heavily linked with a move, but are now claimed to have ruled themselves out of the running following Real’s decision to slap a huge £60 Million asking price on his head. Chelsea are now claimed to be leading the chase, with Manchester United also not believed to be keen on spending over £50 Million for his signature.

The Gunners were previously linked with a £20 Million deal to sign Jamie Vardy this window, but he appears to have been persuaded to stay put with Leicester City, and the club will need to branch out as they attempt to bolster their attacking options. Vardy had originally stated that hewould give Arsenal a decision on his future after the Euros in France this summer, but his club officially announced that the 29 year-old had agreed an extension to hiscurrent contract instead of moving to the Emirates.

Danny Welbeck is ruled out with injury until February 2016, and the club will be desperate to at least land cover for him, while Theo Walcott is linked with the exit door at present. Most Arsenal fans felt that we needed a new striker even before Danny Welbeck’s injury, but now it is even more neccesary.

Not many other strikers have been as strongly linked with a move to the Emirates this summer, but should these reports prove to be true, there will be many Arsenal fans who dread the thought of missing out on a top attacking addition once again this summer…

If we really are unwilling to meet the asking price for Morata, and Vardy is staying put, who else should be next on our wishlist? Vincent Jansson? Alexandre Lacazette?

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