Alvaro Morata is yet another striker who won’t be completing a deadline-day move to Arsenal, as he’s staying with Juventus.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s potential move to Barcelona in the works, reports in Spain had started to suggest Arsenal could look to replace him with Juventus striker Alvaro Morata on loan.
AS report that Arsenal called Morata up, with Mikel Arteta’s assistant Miguel Molina making contact with the player.
Morata listened with interest as Molina made his case, but he reportedly felt it was too late to complete another London transfer.
The Times claims Morata is now expected to stay on loan at Juventus from Atletico Madrid. He wanted an 18-month loan to move to north London, and Atletico wanted a mandatory purchase clause.
Spurs were happy to accept those terms, but the deal didn’t happen for them either.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Morata has decided to stay at Juventus, with moves to Arsenal, Spurs, and Barcelona all off the table. Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri wants to keep the former Chelsea man to play alongside new signing Dusan Vlahovic.
Morata never really hit it off at Chelsea, and he hasn’t been a particularly prolific scorer anywhere.
He’s averaged 15 goals a season in all competitions in his eight campaigns in top-flight football, and he’s on track for roughly the same again with eight goals this season.
Though he would have provided a different option to Alexandre Lacazette, and Arsenal are undoubtedly leaving themselves short by not bringing anyone in up front, it’s not a huge loss that this deal isn’t going ahead.