Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has all but confirmed that Alvaro Morata will be leaving the club this summer, with his telling reaction to being questioned suggesting we are free to pursue the Spaniard if we wish, as reported by the Metro.
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We’ve been heavily linked with a move for Morata recently, as the 23-year-old is one of the few strikers who seems to be available this summer. We are badly in need of reinforcements up front at the moment, with Danny Welbeck’s injury meaning Olivier Giroud is the only fit striker we have. Morata may not be the ideal signing, but at the moment he’s the player we’re being most heavily linked with.
Allegri certainly didn’t seem confident that Juve would be able to keep hold of the former Real Madrid man this summer either, and when questioned about the player’s future at the club he gave a pretty telling response.
What a reaction!! Massimiliano Allegri on if Morata will be a Juventus play next season…… pic.twitter.com/7gh4K93y4r
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He went on to say that he hoped Morata would remain at the club, but it does seem like he has little confidence in that happening.
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“Morata? If I were him, I’d remain at Juventus,” Allegri said.
“Right now he’s on international duty and I hope he comes back to Turin afterwards.”
As the report states, rumours suggest we’ve already made a bid for the out of form forward. The £51m fee being touted is farcical though, and if we really are interested in Morata then Arsene Wenger will no doubt be looking to pay substantially less.
The Metro claim Real Madrid’s buy-back clause stands at £24m, so if they bring him back to the Santiago Bernabeu only to sell him on immediately, then anything above and beyond that would be profit for the La Liga giants.
Morata’s meagre goal return this season suggests he’s worth far, far less than the price tag being slapped on his head by the mainstream media, so if Madrid are asking for even close to that much then they are likely to be disappointed.
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We could arguably do a lot better than Morata, but with the shortage of quality strikers in the game today perhaps Wenger believes the young forward is the best he can do this summer.