By Dominic Toner
Arsenal target Alvaro Morata will remain at Real Madrid this summer according to his manager Zinedine Zidane.
Spanish outlet Marca claimed that Real Madrid set a £60million price tag on Morata after Chelsea fell short with a bid £9million under the asking price, while there is also strong interest from London rivals Arsenal as well as Manchester United.
But Zidane appeared to pour cold water on the possibility of the Spain international leaving Real.
“He’s a Madrid player, we’re delighted with him,” Zidane told Sky Sports. “We are delighted to have him back, back to his original home. He will remain a Madrid player.”
Morata spent the last two seasons at Juventus and grabbed 10 goals in all competitions in 2015-16.
The Spaniard also impressed at this year’s European Championships, scoring three goals in four appearances as Spain exited the tournament at the quarter-final stage.
Mortata will be competing alongside some of the finest attackers in Europe to gain a starting place next season, with Christiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale some of the talent at the Bernabeu.
Arsene Wenger is keen on recruiting a new striker to help his frontman Olivier Giroud in the goals department and recently missed out on another forward Wissam Ben Yedder, who has agreed a move to Sevilla for £7.6million according to L’Equipe.
Giroud was the club’s top Premier League goal scorer last season with 16 goals and was closely followed by team-mate Alexis Sanchez who added 13, but Wenger feels he needs more firepower ahead of the new campaign.
Frenchman Alexander Lazarette remains an alternative option and has expressed his desire to join Arsenal in the Telegraph.
In other Arsenal transfer news, they are close to completing a star signing but must pay an additional £million.