The Morata saga continues!
One transfer rumour that just will not go away is Álvaro Morata to Arsenal and this time the latest development comes straight from the horse’s mouth!
Arsenal have been on the lookout for a new striker all summer, with Wenger looking to obtain a few more options on the forward line apart from Olivier Giroud. With Arsene Wenger himself out in France at the moment for the European Championships, he is in no better position to have his watchful eyes on some of Europe’s hottest talents.
Now Morata may not fall into the category of being a current top talent according to some Arsenal fans, however I think the majority would agree that there is no doubt the young striker has a lot of potential to grow and develop into a very good player. Morata has just secured himself a move back to boyhood side Real Madrid after a buy-back clause in his Juventus contract was exercised by the Spanish superclub. However Morata is supposedly nothing more than a business plan for Real Madrid, who according to reports, have no interest of playing the young Spaniard, instead they are hoping to sell him on for a massive profit.
Arsenal are one of the teams interested in Morata this summer, whilst a number of other top European sides are also interested, including London rivals Chelsea. A price tag of around £45 million has been quoted, although in reality Arsene Wenger will be hoping to strike a deal, because as many fans will agree, Morata isn’t really worth that kind of money. The good news for Arsenal is that even after his move to Real Madrid, Morata recognises that he won’t be there for the long term future and so he has already come out with a statement that suggests his intent to leave.
Morata told Spanish media outlet Cuatro: “I want a team that makes me feel important and I would be ready to stay in Madrid to win my place. I do not have to prove anything to anyone. I am a player of Real Madrid and they will decide if they want me, otherwise we will find another solution.”
Morata seems keen to leave and recognises that he is nothing more than a business plan for Madrid to get a bit of profit. Arsenal could have an offer at the ready and if we can sign the striker for a lower sum than what is quoted, then I think he would be a sound investment for the Gunners. He has been one of the more impressive strikers at the Euro’s and currently has 3 goals to his name in 3 games. Morata will be looking to hit the heights tonight with his national side, who face up against many of his old Juventus teammates, in a strong Italian national team. Even though there is still plenty of time left in the transfer window, Arsenal have already seen their striker options dramatically fall with Vardy, Embolo and now supposedly Aubameyang completely off the cards. If Arsenal are interested then perhaps the club should make their first offer for Morata sooner rather than later, especially before the likes of Lukaku and Janssen fall off the transfer target radar as well.