Manchester United and Liverpool target Juventus striker Alvaro Morata

Manchester United and Liverpool have joined Arsenal in the race for the signature of Juventus striker Alvaro Morata.

Alvaro Morata has played a key part in Old Lady’s successful 2014-15 season helping them to reach Champions League final and scoop both Seria A and Copa Italia in his first season at Turin.

Arsenal are long term admirers of the youngster while he was at Real Madrid and tried to sign him in 2014, but Morata opted for Juventus at that time.

Despite the success he enjoyed in Italy during his debut season, he is forced to watch from bench for most part of the current season.

He has made only eight appearance this season after losing his place to new arrivals Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala.

The Italian publication Tuttosport claims that both Manchester United and Liverpool are interested in Morata, while Arsenal might have fallen behind due to the high price tag for the Spanish international.

The Seria A giants wouldn’t settle for any fee less that £45 million release clause for the player as they want to keep the youngster at club.

As quoted by various Italian publications last night, Jurgen Klopp is willing to pay £45m for the highly rated striker, with Manchester United looking to hijack any potential deal.

Meanwhile, Giuseppe Marotta, the director at Juventus insisted that the club is not willing to sell the player and he still remains an integral part of their set-up.

“There is no intention to negotiate with Real Madrid or any other team. We have never thought of selling Morata. He is a pillar of this Juventus team, he is a young man who has become increasingly important. We need to keep hold of these types of players.”

Any transfer deal for Morata is subjected to a first refusal from Real Madrid and they are still capable of bringing the player back to Santiago Bernebeu for £23m at any time.


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