Juventus striker Alvaro Morata is the subject of a mega bid from Arsenal, according to reports in the Italian media.
The 23-year-old notched 11 goals and 10 assists this season for Juventus, who won a fifth consecutive Scudetto under Masimiliano Allegri, this season.
Now Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claims that Arsenal are negotiating directly with Real Madrid, who have a buy-back option on their former player set at £20million.
They believe that the Gunners have offered £51million (€65million) as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his strikeforce for a title challenge next season.
This is something the capital club are apparently eager to exercise, possibly bringing the player back to sell on for instant profit.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Chelsea had joined the race to sign Morata, who admitted that he would like a stay in Turin with Juve.
Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta told Mediaset Premium earlier this month that Morata was not looking to leave Italy.
“We have to applaud this group [of players], we want to keep them together.
“Some situations such as Morata’s do not depend on us. We want to keep him but we have to deal with Real Madrid. Morata’s fate also depends on what happens to Real in the league and Champions League.
“But the player is crucial, he is valued here. He has grown a lot and is part of these colours. His intention is to stay here but Real could have the means to change his mind.”
Tuttosport claimed that Juve had offered to pay a further £15million to ensure the player remains in Turin