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Arsenal raise stakes as willing to splash out £50m to rival Chelsea and Man Utd

Arsenal are reportedly prepared to battle Chelsea and Manchester United over the signing of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata this summer.

Morata is a man in demand as despite a limited role at the Bernabeu this season, he’s still scored 20 goals in 40 appearances and with a prominent position at a club, he would likely be even more prolific.

According to The Sun, Arsenal are ready to rival Chelsea and United and will be prepared to meet his £50m valuation but much will of course depend on whether or not they can convince him to snub their Premier League rivals in favour of a move to the Emirates.

As noted in the report, there are various sub-plots which could see Arsenal sit at the bottom of the pecking order though. Jose Mourinho handed the Spanish international his Madrid debut in 2010 and so there is a link there, while Antonio Conte was in charge at Juventus when they signed Morata, only to leave the same summer to take the Italy job.

In turn, there could be a desire to finally work together with Chelsea potentially requiring a top-class addition up front if Diego Costa decides to leave, while United have to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goals next season.

Meanwhile, it’s added by the Sun that Arsenal’s interest is down to Arsene Wenger considering replacements for Alexis Sanchez if the Chilean ace decides to move on this summer with his contract set to expire in just over 12 months time.

There’s no denying that Morata would be a quality addition to any of the three squads, and it’s no real surprise that there is an apparent scramble over his signature this summer.

With Madrid failing to offer him the role that he expected to have when he returned last summer, an exit is looking more and more likely, and that will certainly be to the detriment of the La Liga giants who could be set to lose a key figure.

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