Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly made contact with the representatives of Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, with the player "keen to listen" to their offer. Meanwhile, the Gunners are also said to have failed with an £11.5 million bid for Inter's Marcelo Brozovic.
According to Spanish outlet OK Diario, Arsenal would be willing to pay up to £50 million for Juve frontman Alvaro Morata, who has fallen down manager Massimiliano Allegri's pecking order this season (h/t Metro's Mark Brus).
The arrivals of Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic last summer have meant Morata has started just 13 Serie A games this season.
However, the move looks doomed from the start if a report from whistle-blowing website Football Leaks is to be believed, after it released the intimate details of Morata's €20 million move to Turin in 2014 (h/t Marca).
According to the source, Real Madrid hold a buyback clause in Morata's Juventus contract allowing them to re-sign the player before July 16, 2017. The kicker for Arsenal is Juventus would have to pay Real a massive €80 million (£62.1 million) if they were to sell the striker to any other club before that date.
Despite the speculation linking him with a move away from the Old Lady, Morata recently told German newspaper Bild of his intention to stay in Turin after signing a new contract (h/t Calciomercato.com):
I had many offers, but Juve came to me and convinced me to join them. My future? Two months ago,I extended my contract until 2020, I am happy and motivated. I want to do well in Turin. Leaving Real was my choice, I never had the chance to play continuously. Will Pogba leave? I know that he has many offers, he’s a friend, but Juve need him.
The Gunners may be unable to complete a deal for Morata thanks largely to Real's ongoing involvement with the player and the string of clauses meaning his signature will be an incredibly difficult one to acquire.
Morata isn't the only Serie A-based talent reported to be on the Gunners' radar, and links recently surfaced tying Wenger's side to Croatia international Brozovic.
The Sun's John Wood cited reports in Italy that stated the Gunners made an £11.5 million offer for the midfielder—currently on loan at Inter from Dinamo Zagreb—but his parent club want closer to £20 million.
Brozovic is coming to the end of an 18-month loan deal at the San Siro and has performed impressively throughout, but David Amoyal, a translator for journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, recently reiterated the player doesn't belong to Inter just yet:
David Amoyal @DavidAmoyal
@AadamForzaInter makes me laugh to read Inter would have to sell Brozovic, they don't even own him2016-2-17 02:28:18
Arsenal may therefore hope to steal in and recruit a talent who boasts a passing accuracy of 82.5 per cent this season and has averaged 1.5 dribbles a game, per WhoScored.com—only Geoffrey Kondogbia (1.9) and Jonathan Biabiany (2.0) have averaged more for the Nerazzurri this term.
Arsenal will have to meet Dinamo Zagreb's valuation of the player if they're to land his services, but Inter may already have turned Brozovic's head over these past 14 months.