Alvaro Morata has given us a big boost in the hunt for his signature, with the Spaniard suggesting his future may well lie in the Premier League, as reported by The Sun.
We were heavily linked with Morata back in 2014 (via The Telegraph), but we ended up missing out to Juventus. The 23-year-old now looks to be on the move again though, and he’s essentially given both us and Liverpool a bit of a come and get me plea.
The former Real Madrid striker suggested that his game was perfectly suited to the Premier League, and hinted that if he were to leave Juve then England may well be his next destination.
“I don’t know if I will leave next season — I am well at Juventus but I don’t know,” he said (via The Sun).
“I like the Premier League a lot for its characteristics that are good for a striker like me. It’s not as tactical as it is in Italy. I like it.”
As the report suggests, it’s not likely to be a simple transfer. Real Madrid have a buy-back clause inserted into his contract, and it seems very possible that they will re-sign him just to sell him on for a profit.
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Juve paid £24m for him two years ago (via The Sun), and it’s unclear how much he’d go for now. He showed phenomenal form during his debut season with the Italian giants, but this season he’s struggled for goals and has been largely displaced by Paulo Dybala.
While Morata is unquestionably a solid striker with plenty of potential, it’s arguable whether his current form would warrant a fee of more than £24m. If we’re going to be spending big on a striker then he really needs to be top class, and we might be better spending a little more on a more established and more experienced forward.
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That said, there aren’t necessarily that many available, and we are desperately in need of attacking reinforcements. If Morata is the best we can get then he wouldn’t be a bad option at all, but it will all depend on the cost.