Spanish striker Alvaro Morata is waiting for talks with Real Madrid to determine where his future lies.
The 23-year-old has spent the last two years at Juventus but Real Madrid have activated a clause to re-sign him for €30m when the summer transfer window opens (per Marca). The objective of the Spanish club, however, remains unclear.
Morata left Madrid almost two years ago in search of more regular football, something he has found in Turin, and is willing to move back to his boyhood club if he is the first choice striker – unlikely with Karim Benzema still at the club.
That means a bidding war could be sparked.
Marca say Real Madrid would look for around €40m for the forward, making a neat profit.Though Morata’s preference
Though Morata’s preference may well be a Juventus return, the Old Lady are unlikely to be able to afford such a fee.
That means Premier League clubs will come sniffing and the Madrid-based publication highlight Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham as potential destinations.
Liverpool are clearly worried about the long-term fitness of Daniel Sturridge, Chelsea could lose Diego Costa and Spurs have no backup for Harry Kane. That’s the thing, though, Morata wouldn’t want to be a backup.
Arsenal have a need for a striker now more than ever with Danny Welbeck out for a year and have been linked with Morata in the past, refusing to pursue a deal in 2014 because they were unwilling to include a buy-back clause.
Now, though, the player could be on the open market: no strings attached!
Fans would be thrilled with this signing but, with 15 Serie A goals in two seasons, Morata isn’t the prolific and clinical striker some seem to see in him. At €40m it would be a bit of a risk but, for Arsenal, it feels like a case of now or never.
If the club is serious this summer, they may not have a chance to sign a striker better than the Spaniard so it’ll be no surprise to see rumours emerge as the season draws to a close.