Arsenal will reportedly have to pay around £24 million if they want to sign Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata this summer, according to reports in the Talk Sport.
The 21 year old is regarded as one of the brightest prospects of Madrid, but has failed to make a strong impression this season, scoring just nine goals in 34 appearances.
Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti earlier in the week confirmed that the youngster has been told he can leave the club this summer to seek first-team action elsewhere. The Gunners have been keen on the Spaniard for a number of months and were expected to make a bid for him in the January transfer market but nothing eventuated.
The report states that Real will demand £24 million for the Spaniard, although they are willing to negotiate a lower fee of between £14 million and £20 million if the deal includes a buyback option for the Spanish giants. This will by Madrid will allow them to re-sign the forward at any time over the next two seasons for the cost of the initial transfer plus a further 30 percent of that fee – similar to the Carlos Vela clause with Real Sociedad
It further states that the Spanish giants are wary of severing ties with their academy product, who they believe could become one of the stars of European football over the next few seasons, which is why they wish to include a buyback clause. However interested clubs including the likes of Arsenal, Juve and Inter are currently unwilling to sanction the option.
He is quick, strong and his ability to get goals from the bench would be very welcome at Arsenal. He has proved to be lethal in front of goal at youth level and during the limited first team chances he’s had with Real Madrid. He also has the physical capabilities to back up his technical skill, which could make him a fine fit for the Premier League. The youngster won 70 per cent of his headed duels last season, suggesting he was far from bullied by La Liga defences despite his youth.
However he is possibly too similar in style to Giroud and would most likely be used as a back-up option to the Frenchman. If he is available for around £15 million discount deal then it would be a relatively low-cost gamble for the Gunners, but the threat of Madrid wanting him back if he manages to find his scoring boots looms large.
The valuation of £24 million sounds like far too much for a player unproven at the highest level, but his age is an interesting factor. If we can secure him for the aforementioned price plus £10 million Remy then we would be good to go, and use the remaining cash to reinforce the rest of the squad.
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