Top Arsenal target Alvaro Morata is reportedly using the interest from Premier League clubs to negotiate himself an improved pay rise at Real Madrid.
The 23-year-old was recently bought back from Juventus by his parent club, who are now in the process of deciding his future, with the ability to cash in for his services looking tempting.
AS are also reporting that Arsenal are willing to pay the striker £9million a year to become a Gunner which is sending a big statement over to the Champions League winners.
According to a report in Spanish newspaper AS, Morata and his representatives are looking to improve his current earnings of £65,000 a week, as well as assurances over his position.
It’s believed if the youngster is to stay at Madrid then he’d be forced to play in the shadow of first choice striker Karim Benzema, who isn’t going anywhere fast as long as Zinedine Zidane is in charge.
That’s a pretty difficult factor for Morata to swallow considering the success he’s recently had in the Euro’s that has been crucial in alerting several European clubs to his availability.
Whilst Arsenal have been strongly linked with the Spaniard, they face competition from Chelsea who are never satisfied with their attacking options, especially with new boss Antonio Conte in charge.
Madrid had to fork out £25million to get Morata back after he spent two years at Juventus, and now they could be ready to sell him on for double that figure in order to fund big money moves.
The Gunners will certainly have their fingers crossed but the feeling we get from this update is that Morata is ready to step up and challenge for a regular spot in the Galacticos.