Everything you need to know about the Alvaro Morata transfer dilemma
With the opening of a new transfer window comes new rumors. After a great season back at the Santiago Bernabeu, it seems Alvaro Morata wants out. Here’s everything you need to know about the Alvaro Morata transfer saga:
After coming back from Turin, Alvaro Morata has been an invaluable piece in the Zidane puzzle. His contributions to the team have been pretty major (20 goals last season), but he has struggled to play over first choice striker Karim Benzema. The Spanish forward has made it clear that he wants to get regular playing time, and at this point, it’s hard to argue with him.
As complete a forward as they come, Morata has shown everyone that he doesn’t only score, he can hold the ball, play anywhere across the frontline and can finish with both feet as well. So it comes as no surprise that Alvaro has been pushing for a transfer this window.
The first major rumor came from England, with various outlets reporting that Manchester United wanted to sign Morata. The move seemed like it was about to materialize, only for United manager Jose Mourinho to change his mind and sign former Everton forward Romelu Lukaku.
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Morata is a club favorite, and the announcement that talks with Manchester United had broken down came as a relief to most fans. But if you thought that meant Morata was staying or that this would be the end of the transfer drama, you couldn’t be more wrong.
Now it is being reported that AC Milan are looking to take Morata off Real Madrid’s hands. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as AC Milan has been spending a hefty amount to rebrand itself as the Serie A powerhouse it once was.
AC Milan look set to splash €80 million if they hope to sign the forward, and the chances of them signing him don’t look nearly as good as we once thought. Milan have spent upwards of €200 million this transfer window, with Andre Silva being brought in and the possibility of Andrea Belotti also joining the Rossoneri, we’re not quite sure how well he would fit into the squad.
There’s also the question of whether buying Morata would fall under the Financial Fair Play regulations, given that the club would need to at least qualified for Champions League football just to avoid being reprimanded by UEFA.
La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that due to Morata’s high wage demands, a deal with Milan could fall through. Alvaro has asked for between €10 and €12 million per season. Sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has said that Milan want to sign Morata “only on our conditions.”
Then there’s Chelsea, who have quietly been involved since the start of the transfer window. They certainly have the funds to pay the hefty fee Real Madrid have proposed. With Antonio Conte looking to further reinforce his squad, Morata seems like a good fit for the team.
Earlier today, Marca reported that they have set a price of €100m for Morata and Danilo together, which doesn’t seem like a bad deal. It’s also worth remembering that Conte was the person who started the transfer process of Morata to Juventus, Diego Costa has been dropping hints that a return to Atletico Madrid is imminent, and it would also offer Real Madrid the chance to offload Danilo as well.