Despite the window closing and Alvaro Morata only just returning to Real Madrid, who opted against selling him on to make money so they could keep him to score goals, Arsenal and Chelsea are said to be following the player closely according to a report that first appeared in Don Balon and was then picked up by sites across Europe.

With two goals and two assists in La Liga this season, the 23-year-old has three goals in all competitions so far, but has only played 710 minutes in 12 league games – an average of 59 minutes per game.

Given that he was the main man at Juventus and would, no doubt, have been given a number of assurances about playing time by Zinedine Zidane, it’s not hard to believe that he might feel a little misled.

It is, of course, early in the season but given that Real Madrid’s original plan had been to take advantage of their buy-back clause to bring him back to Spain merely to sell him on at a huge profit, it wouldn’t be totally beyond the realms of possibility to see them sell him in January or the summer.

Morata has played 24 minutes across two Champions League games (22’ v Sporting, 2’ v Borussia Dortmund).  He has completed 90 minutes just once since returning to Spain – a home league game against Osasuna in which he grabbed an assist.

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