By Dominic Toner

Arsenal have edged ahead of rivals Chelsea in the race to sign Spanish forward Alvaro Morata, according to a report.

The two London clubs have been heavily linked with the Real Madrid forward this summer and it appears that Arsene Wenger may now be in pole position to sign the 23-year-old.

The Daily Mirror report that Morata is reluctant to make a move to Stamford Bridge next season due to their failure of missing out on Champions League football last season.

New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte have no European competitions to handle in his first year, as Chelsea slumped to a 10th place finish in their title-defence.

Arsenal secured a second-placed finish last season and will be able to provide Morata the opportunity to perform in Europe’s major club competition.

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It is said that Real Madrid have set a £65million price tag on the youngster, who spent the last two seasons at Juventus and grabbed 10 goals in all competitions last season.

The Spaniard also impressed at this years European Championships, scoring three goals in four appearances as Spain exited the tournament at the quarter-final stage.

Wenger is yet to complete a signing in this window so far, however securing a deal for the much-talked about Morata could help his side challenge for the Premier League title next season.

In the latest Arsenal transfer news, they have opened talks to sign 23-year-old as Wenger makes the deal a priority.