With the transfer window hotting up despite not even being out of May, Alvaro Morata’s transfer saga is well under way.

In an exclusive on the Italian site TuttoJuve, Italian journalist, Massimiliano Mantiloni, spoke about Morata’s season which saw him cap off a magnificent campaign with the only goal of the Italian cup final, scored with his first touch after coming on in extra time.

Massimiliano Mantiloni [via linkd.in]
Massimiliano Mantiloni [via linkd.in]
It seems as if the player wants to remain with Juve but that he will not have much of a say in the matter as Juventus can make money by selling him back to Real Madrid and the Spaniards can cash in by selling him for double what they pay.

Mantiloni said (via Google translate so I’ve tidied it as much as I can) when asked if Morata would stay with Juventus “Morata being signed? We would hold back, partly because it does not depend on Juventus.

“It depends on Real Madrid [GT goes mad here, but seems to hint towards Real Madrid ‘meeting the buy-back clause of’] 30 million and reselling him at 50-60, and everyone gains.

“But I do not understand why such an important player should go to gain experience at Arsenal or some other team, I do not know where he will go.

“What better team than Juventus should he go to? But his will does not count?”

Arsenal have been linked with Morata for a number of summers now, since before he moved to Italy in fact. It seems as if Real Madrid are determined to sell him to the highest bidder and that won’t be Juve, the club the player actually wants to stay at.

Initially this concerned me.

Would we want to buy a player who wanted to be elsewhere? Then I remembered Morata didn’t want to leave Real Madrid in the first place and he seems to have adapted pretty well after that move.

Will Arsenal pay €50-60m for him? That’s the real question.

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