Having lost out in their attempt to sign him on loan in January, Arsenal now face a fight to land Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata in the summer with Manchester United also planning a bid.

According to Spanish paper Marca, the striker has fallen out of favour slightly at Madrid where he is now behind fellow youth-team product Jese in the pecking order but he showed last week for Spain Under 21s that he has lost none of his sharpness by scoring in a win over Germany.

Morata now has 13 goals in just 12 games for the Under 21s and needs one more to become the country’s all-time top scorer at that level.

Marca dedicated two pages to United’s bid on Wednesday – such coverage usually indicates one of two things: the bid is very much on the table, or Madrid know there are suitors lining up and want to fast-track the player’s sale at the end of the season.

Orginally, Tottenham had requested Morata be included in the £86million deal that took Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, with Spurs' director of football Franco Baldini a long-time fan who had previously tried to take the striker to Roma.

But there was such pressure from the club’s supporters not to sell the local hero president Florentino Perez flatly refused to negotiate the young forward into the Bale transfer.