In what appears to be a coup de grace to any hopes that Arsenal will sign Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid have made it rather clear that the Spanish star is joining them permanently.
In a statement from the Real Madrid official website, the Champions League winners announced that they have exercised their right to buy back Morata from Juventus and will bring him to camp in the pre-season.
“Real Madrid C. F. have informed Juventus FC of their decision to salvage the federative rights on the player Álvaro Morata, who will join up with the first team for pre-season training under the command of Zinedine Zidane,” the statement read.
Arsenal were reportedly interested in making a massive bid for Morata, but given the statement from Real Madrid, he won’t be on the market any time soon.
Morata played for Real Madrid from 2010 to 2014 before being sold to Juventus, scoring 11 goals in 52 appearances for Los Blancos.
In the two seasons since his Serie A move, Morata has scored 27 goals in 93 appearances.
On the international level, Morata has scored twice in Euro 2016 – a brace for Spain against Turkey on June 17.
Follow @jtmlovessports on Twitter
(Video) Euro 2016: Mario Gomez pounces to give Germany lead against Northern Ireland
Euro 2016: Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces international retirement
(Video) Euro 2016: Ireland fans winning at life as they sing lullaby to French baby