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Transfer Rumours: Alvaro Morata snubs Chelsea and Man United to pursue Arsenal transfer

25.94K   //    05 Aug 2016, 15:43 IST
Alvaro Morata
Morata played for Italian champions Juventus last season

Alvaro Morata is not keen on fighting for his place at Real Madrid this summer and wants a swift exit from Bernabeu. According to reports from El Confidencial, Morata has sounded his intentions of joining Arsenal in a deal close to £58m.

According to the report, Morata has told his close friends that "He does not want to die of disgust on the bench.” He will have to fight for a place in the starting XI against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

Despite activating the buy-back clause for the striker, manager Zinedine Zidane cannot guarantee a starting XI role for the Spaniard forward. Morata scored 12 goals for Juventus last season.

Morata, reportedly, is on the transfer list of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, but the player is keen to work under Arsene Wenger and join Arsenal if an official bid comes from the Gunners.

Wenger is still looking for a potent striker this summer with Alexandre Lacazette being the likeliest target. Lyon have turned down two of Arsenal’s recent bid with reports of an improved offer to follow in coming days.

However, The Telegraph understands that with Morata coming forward and expressing his desire to join Arsenal, it has forced the North London giants to reconsider their bid for Lacazette. The Gunners feel that Morata will be the better signing and are looking to bring down the reported £58.7m price tag.

Given the history between Antonio Conte and Morata, Chelsea will indeed be interested in signing him this summer. Although with Diego Costa staying at Stamford Bridge and Michy Batshuayi’s arrival, a move to Chelsea looks unlikely.

Manchester United could also make a move for him but with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford at their disposal, Morata may end up facing the same problem of having to fight for a starting XI place like he is dealing with now at Real Madrid.