Lethal striker ‘turned down Arsenal’ – agent

Alvaro Morata’s agent has stated that the hotshot striker turned down the chance to join Arsenal last summer.

The Spain international left boyhood club Real Madrid at the end of last season to join Italian giants Juventus, and has played a key role in the Bianconeri romping Serie A and making it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League this term.

However, Giuseppe Bozzo has admitted that Arsenal and Wolfsburg are both in for the Spanish forward and were offering more money that Juventus.

“Exactly, but Alvaro had seen first-hand what Juventus were offering him,” the agent is quoted as saying on Sky Sports.

“That’s the way he is. I know him well. He’s very determined, he’s got courage and guts. He is not a hypocrite, he says what he thinks, and he does not sit on the fence.

“Real did not want to sell him, and then they wanted to sell him to other clubs which were offering more, looking to overtake Juve.

“But Alvaro is stubborn, there’s always one word that counts, and that’s his. He proved it, he said, ‘I want to go to Juve’, and (the move to) Juve was done, despite all Real’s pressure.”

Morata made his senior Spain debut recently and looks set to be one of Europe’s top strikers for years to come.

He has ousted countryman Fernando Llorente from the Juventus first team and currently plays in attack alongside Carlos Tevez.

Arsenal’s striking needs have lessened recently, with Olivier Giroud proving his doubters wrong with an excellent run of goalscoring form in the last month or so.