Linked with a move to Arsenal for some time now, rumours that Alvaro Morata could be on his way to north London are going around once again.

The Spanish striker joined Juventus rather than Arsenal back in the summer of 2014. There were negotiations between Arsenal and Real Madrid at the time but the Gunners were unwilling to include a buy-back clause. As a result, Morata went to Turin.

It is now the buy-back clause that Real Madrid have which could help the Gunners sign the striker this summer. According to AS, Madrid have hatched a plan to sign Morata for the clause of around £23m only to sell him on to the highest bidder in the hope of collecting a tidy profit when someone makes an offer in the region of £40m. That would help fund Madrid’s summer spree – the upcoming window will be their last before a transfer ban so expect them to stock their squad and splash the cash before the window closes at the end of August.

Will anyone do that? Well, they hope Arsenal will. The window to sign the 23-year-old may re-open for the Gunners, who would surely be tempted to join in with such a deal.

The one stumbling block is the player himself, who is happy in Italy. In the past, Morata has said he will only return to Real Madrid if he was promised he would be the first choice forward in the side. So, would he really be happy to leave Italy only to move somewhere else? Especially if there’s no guarantee where he’d end up.

Arsenal may well go for Morata this summer but it would require him taking a leap of faith and leaving somewhere he’s happy already. Seems like a long shot.