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Chelsea & Manchester United dealt fatal blow in pursuit of top-class striker

It appears as though Alvaro Morata will not be coming to the Premier League this summer.

Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, via Sky Sports, understands that the striker has been told that he will stay at Real Madrid this season after they activated his buy-back clause from Juventus.

As The Guardian reports, it had been expected that Madrid would re-sign the 23-year-old for £23m and then capitalise on his host of suitors by selling him on for more than double that price.

Sky Sports claims that Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City were all keen on the Euro 2016 star, but reports from Spain suggest that Morata will be a Real player for the 2016-17 campaign.

Morata scored 11 senior goals in his first spell with Los Blancos, but will be hopeful of more regular opportunities having only started eight times in La Liga before being sold to Juve in 2014.

But it is not all bad news for English clubs looking for a striker. Morata remaining at Real may mean that Karim Benzema could be available this summer. Would Chelsea or the Manchester clubs take him?

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