Transfer rumor roundup: Morata to Arsenal; Wilson to Tottenham, West Ham


The London Evening Standard claims that Arsenal could make a record-breaking move for Alvaro Morata this summer.

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Morata, 23, only signed a new five-year contract at Juventus in December but his former club Real Madrid have a buy back clause of $35 million in his deal, meaning they could simply buy him back and sell him on to Arsenal for an inflated price. The fee being discussed by Arsenal is said to be in excess of the $60 million they paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013 and with Danny Welbeck out long-term and Olivier Giroud struggling to impress, a clinical center forward surely has to be high on Arsene Wenger‘s wishlist this summer.

The Spanish forward has scored 26 goals in 92 appearances for Juve since joining them from Real in 2014.

Sky Sports is reporting that Victor Wanyama could be heading towards the exit door. The Southampton midfielder, 24, has just one-year left on his current contract and although it is understood that Saints will offer him a new deal, the Kenyan destroyer is keeping his options open this summer.

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He was linked with a transfer to Tottenham last summer but a move to link up with his former manager Mauricio Pochettino didn’t materialize. Arsenal have also been interested in Wanyama in the past and it will certainly be an interesting summer ahead for the man who was sent off three times during the 2015-16 campaign. He is a combative central midfielder and there aren’t many better than him in the PL when it comes to breaking up play and doing the dirty things very, very well.

The Guardian claims that both Tottenham and West Ham want Bournemouth’s highly-rated forward Callum Wilson.

Wilson, 24, started his first-ever Premier League season on fire, scoring four times in as many games. However, he then suffered a serious knee injury and only returned in the final weeks of the season. The Cherries have revealed they’ve already turned down a bid of $37.5 million for Matt Ritchie and Wilson, something which irked manager Eddie Howe, but it is believed the Hammers are still keen on signing Wilson this summer and will come back with an improved bid. With Spurs in on the act they’ll want someone who can complement Harry Kane and chip in with goals when needed which is something they didn’t have this season on a regular basis.

Ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium the Hammers are certainly pushing hard to improve their forward options with a $45 million bid for Alexandre Lacazette reportedly turned down, while a similar sized bid for Michy Batshuayi is still being considered by Marseille.