The Gunners courted the youngster during the winter transfer window and appeared likely to stump up a bid for the highly rated Spain U21-international this summer. However Arsenal were scared off with Madrid’s attempts at inserting a buy-back clause for their academy graduate.
Another target Mario Mandzukic is set to join Atletico Madrid, meaning the Gunners pursuit of Alexis Sanchez must result in a done deal otherwise they will be left with limited striker options in the transfer market for the second consecutive summer.
It appears Morata is now set to sign a four-year deal in Turin, ending speculation over his future that have hogged the headlines at times in Spain. Los Blancos have managed to insert a clause that allows them to buy back the 21-year-old, MARCA reports, with the Old Lady set to announce the deal shortly.
The striker expressed his delight offer securing the deal:
I’m very happy. This is a new challenge for me.
Morata represented an exciting signing for the future, but a hearty price tag and Madrid’s insistence to insert the buy back clause quickly ended the likelihood of Wenger pursuing him again this transfer window.
As long as the Gunners wrap up the Sanchez deal, we can sleep at night with transfers going through left, right and centre.