Transfer Shorts

Arsenal target and Real Madrid striker Álvaro Morata could favour a move to Premier League rivals Chelsea, Marca claims.

The Spaniard, heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, has rejoined Real Madrid via a buy-back clause and is widely expected to be sold for a profit at a later date.

‘Los Merengues’ have reportedly set a £57 million price tag upon the striker, which would make the 23-year-old the most expensive Spanish player since Fernando Torres in 2011.

Chelsea, according to Marca, are the most willing to meet Real Madrid’s demands, meanwhile the recent appointment of Antonio Conte, the first at Juventus to express an interest in Morata, puts the Blues at an advantage over Arsenal.

Should the Gunners miss out on Morata, attentions are believed to be aimed at Olympique Lyonnais man Alexandre Lacazette.

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Reports in France have clarified the fact that Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette has no release clause inserted into his contract, following claims in the English press stating otherwise.

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The Telegraph reported yesterday that Arsenal were prepared to activate the 25-year-old’s £34 million release clause, but it appears the scoop may have at least been misjudged.

According to Sport Witness and French-based journalist Jonathan Johnson, among others, release clauses in France are not enforceable, dismissing what was believed to be a clause exclusive to those who had qualified for the Champions League.

However, the possibility of there being an amicable agreement in place that allows Lacazette to speak to other clubs in the event of a specific bid being made, much like the Luis Suárez scenario in 2013, hasn’t been ruled out.

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has issued yet another ‘come and get me’ plea to Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger, according to Marca.

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The France international has often fuelled rumours regarding his future by expressing his admiration for Arsenal, doing so as recently as last month.

Although the link between the player and club is a dated one, Sissoko could finally leave Newcastle this season after the Magpies’ relegation to the Championship.

Marca claims Sissoko would “love the idea” of representing Arsenal, who would have to fork out up to £20 million to lure him away from St. James’ Park.

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Patrick Ribeiro

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