Will Arsenal actually sign Morata?
Arsenal have today been linked with Juventus and Spain International striker Alvaro Morata again, for what has already been a rumour for the past few weeks. They do say there is no smoke without fire!
Although we see this type of rumour pop up for Arsenal fans year after year, namely Benzema and Higuain being the most recent, I cannot help but get as equally hopeful when it comes to the chance of signing a player of Morata’s quality.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced yesterday that Olivier Giroud will continue as Arsenal’s main striker next season, but with Welbeck out yet again for a long period of time, the club could yet invest in another striker. I interpreted that to be that Arsenal may sign a striker this summer but not a quality of player that is going to be benching Giroud! Not good news for the Gunners! However anything can change in football and if there was any realistic chance of Arsenal signing a striker that could take us to the next level, a top priority must be Morata!
The 23 year old has played for two of Europe’s most decorated clubs in the shapes of Real Madrid and Juventus and has not been shy in his performances at either. Morata ‘struggled’ a little this season as he found himself behind the newly established Dybala, but his 11 goals and 10 assists still proved vital in Juventus’ title win! 11 goals and 10 assists may be deemed a poor season for Morata, but dare I say those results would be deemed as average for Giroud, just showing how much of an upgrade Morata would be for the Gunners! Plus Morata is many years junior to our Frenchman showing just how the Spaniard’s talent could be nurtured with Arsenal!
It’s also understood that with Morata falling down the pecking order at Juventus, he is becoming increasingly frustrated and could jump at the chance to join the Premier League this summer. If so Arsenal must act, and according to the Metro, Arsenal have already been in contact with Real Madrid, who are understood to be considering their right to buy back the player and then sell him on for an additional fee. Morata would surely come with some cost and The Metro reckons it would be in excess of around £50 million, once again smashing Arsenal’s current transfer record, but I personally believe Morata would be worth it. Morata has shown his talent over the past few years in both a Madrid and Juventus shirt and would seriously be worth the investment, however a cheaper option Wenger may go for could be Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, who must surely be looking to leave the club after Everton had yet another disappointing year.
Arsenal seriously cannot go into next season with Olivier Giroud as the main striker, because as the last few years have proven, Arsenal will find it very difficult to rely on him as our sole striker. Wenger must look to invest this summer and why look elsewhere if Morata could be snapped up?