Alvaro Morata will this week find out what the future holds for him at Real Madrid after it was revealed that club president Florentino Perez is set for talks with the striker regarding a potential summer exit.
The Express' David Wright reports that Arsenal have already agreed an £8 million deal for the 21-year-old's signature, but Juventus are to run the Gunners close in their pursuit of the Castilla academy graduate.
However, Perez goes on to hint at the chances of a buyback clause being inserted into any contract Morata might sign, referencing Dani Carvajal's success since coming back to the Bernabeu:
"I have to talk to the Coach and Morata to see what is best for everyone. For example, what we did with Dani Carvajal was very positive, he left to play. For us, if we sell someone it is to play."
Carvajal had failed to make a La Liga appearance for Real before leaving for Bayer Leverkusen two years ago, enjoying a spectacular 2012-13 campaign with the Bundesliga outfit.
Brought back to the Spanish capital last summer, the 22-year-old has become a Champions League winner as a very prominent part of Carlo Ancelotti's setup and is now a valued member of Vicente del Bosque's Spanish side going into next month's World Cup.
It's wishful thinking that Perez should hope for Morata to enjoy the same success, but far from unrealistic. The benefits of being afforded chances to showcase one's talents can have a growing effect on any youngster, and Morata is highly ranked as being one of Spain's most promising up-and-coming attackers.
After all, it was only last year that Morata was lining up alongside Carvajal, Koke and Alberto Moreno in the 2013 Under-21 European Championships, and all three are now in with a chance of making it to Brazil's World Cup.
BeIN Sports recently took note of the value the youngster offers, even if it is off the bench for the majority of the time:
Morata would be a smart pickup for Arsene Wenger's side in that he's young, still housing a willingness to learn and adapt to shape, but he wouldn't be a groundbreaking acquisition in the sense that he's guaranteed to knock Olivier Giroud out of the Gunners' pecking order.
The French forward was in fine form for the North Londoners when fit last term, but it was a lack of sufficient options in attack that ultimately proved to be his undoing. Morata could be the low-risk yet potentially high-return option that Wenger has been seeking.
And for the prescribed £8 million, his signature would be far from as expensive as some other club purchases in recent years, thriftier than that of Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla, not to mention £42.5 million man Mesut Ozil.
Juve may yet come to pip the English giants in their race for the Spanish Under-21 star, and the outcome of his meeting with president Perez could have a major bearing on where Morata ends up playing his football next season.
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