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Arsenal 'hedge bets' over Jesus deal with Morata bid

Arsenal have been hedging their bets over signing Gabriel Jesus by also making an offer for former Chelsea flop Alvaro Morata, according to Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb.

The 29-year-old, whose parent club is Atletico Madrid, has spent the last two years on long-term loan at Juventus, who could make the arrangement permanent this summer. 

But the Gunners are also said to have made an offer for Morata as Mikel Arteta weighs up his options to bolster his attack. Since re-joining Juventus on loan in 2020, Morata has scored 32 goals in 92 appearances.

Juventus are pressing to keep Morata permanently having already lost Paulo Dybala to rivals Inter Milan, but they are also welcoming Paul Pogba back to the club, which is likely to be a costly move despite there being no transfer fee. 

Arteta has made signing a striker a priority this summer after losing both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. While news of Eddie Nketiah putting pen to paper on a new long-term deal is welcome, it is clear Arsenal need more depth up front. 

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