Real Madrid must think very highly of striker Alvaro Morata, because they have just turned down a small fortune to keep him at the Bernabeu next year.
According to Sun Sport, Real Madrid have turned down an offer of £66 million ($86.75 million) from an unknown club for the 23-year-old Alvaro Morata, who was recently acquired from Juventus on a buy-back deal.
Per the source, the unknown club had recently offered £50 million ($65.72 million) but were rejected before coming back with their renewed offer.
Among the many clubs linked with a move for the Spanish striker are Arsenal and Chelsea, both of whom are in the market for more goal-scoring power.
Earlier this summer, Real Madrid re-acquired Morata from Juventus on a £25 million ($32.86 million) deal. It was widely assumed at the time that the striker-rich Los Blancos would simply re-sell their 23-year-old striker at a markup, but over the past few months it has become increasingly clear that Morata has a spot on the Real Madrid roster one way or another.
In his first stint with the team, Morata made 37 league appearances from 2010 through 2014, with his breakout campaign coming in the 2013-14 season. That year he scored eight La Liga goals in 23 appearances before being sold to Juventus.
Over the last two seasons with Juventus, Morata has emerged as a significant player for the Serie A giants, scoring 27 goals in his last 93 games for the team.
However, Real Madrid are still flush with talent up front with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema completing the front three, while Jese and sometimes James Rodriguez have filled in during an absence or substitution.