With a second-place finish in the 2015/2016 Premier League season and a ticket to next season’s Champions League in the books, Arsenal are looking to make noise during the summer transfer market.
According to a report by The Sun, Real Madrid are willing to exercise Alvaro Morata’s buy-back clause before selling him to Arsenal. However, Los Blancos want at least £38 million for the current Juventus striker and it remains to be seen of the Gunners, who have made an intial bid of £28 million, want to put that much cash on the table for the 23-year-old Spaniard.
The Gunners are not sitting still, however, and have been hunting for alternatives. According to Udinese president Franco Soldati, Arsenal have made an offer for on-loan striker Duvan Zapata.
The Colombian just finished his first season of a two-year loan from Napoli at the Zebrette and scored eight goals in 25 Serie A appearances. “There is a clause that allows Napoli to recall him early from the two-year loan,” Soldati told Radio Kiss Kiss (via Goal).
“He also received many offers from abroad, including from Arsenal. However, first we want coach Beppe Iachini to get to know the team so they can make shared decisions.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal did receive good news from star playmaker Mesut Ozil. The German has two years remaining on his current deal and is ready to discuss a contract extension with Arsenal after Euro 2016, according to Sky Sports.
Last but not least, the Gunners are readying themselves for a battle to keep Hector Bellerin in London. The 21-year-old left Barcelona for Arsenal’s Under-18 squad in 2011, but has been linked with a return to the La Liga champions.
Wenger has slapped a £30 million price tag on the Spaniard in order to price out Barcelona from firming their interest in the right-back, according to Sport (via Goal).
Bellerin told Cadena Cope (via Goal) that he’s “happy” to be linked with a move to Barcelona, but: “The truth is that right now this does not interest me, because I am focused on the national team.”