Liverpool Lead Chelsea & Spurs In Race For Spanish Hitman

By on January 31, 2016

With the winter transfer window coming to a close, manager’s are working hard trying to strengthen their squads ahead of the second half of the season. Today, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are linked with Alvaro Morata…

Liverpool are leading Premier League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, according to the Mirror.

Morata came through the youth ranks at Real Madrid and was strongly linked with a move to England when he decided to move on in 2014 having failed to establish himself at the Bernabeu.

The Spanish international ended up opting for a switch to Juventus and enjoyed an encouraging debut season in Italy having scored 15 goals to help them retain the Serie A title and reach the final of the Champions League.

However, the 23-year-old has struggled to replicate that form this season as Morata has managed to score just three goals in all competitions so far this campaign, leading to him falling behind Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic in Massimiliano Allegri pecking order.

Speculation of a move away from Turin has intensified and it looks like Morata could have another chance to test himself in the Premier League as the Mirror are citing a report from Italian outlet Calciomercato that claims Liverpool are leading a three-way battle with Chelsea and Tottenham for the strikers signature.

It’s not made clear whether the trio are eyeing a late deal to try and land Morata before the January transfer window slams shut on Monday night but the newspaper does suggest that Juve are going to be reluctant to cash-in in on the striker.

Without Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool have looked limp up front this season with Christian Benteke struggling to adapt to Jurgen Klopp’s style of play so it would come as no surprise if the Merseysiders were keen on taking Morata to Anfield.

Chelsea have recently signed Alexandre Pato on a short-term loan deal so any interest they may have in Morata is likely to be for the summer and the same goes for Tottenham as Mauricio Pochettino is likely to bring in another frontman to help ease the load on Harry Kane.

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Morata has bags of potential and would be an excellent signing if any of the English clubs could manage to agree a deal with Juve, but I have a feeling it would take big money to persuade the Italians to sell any time soon.

Juve are under no pressure to cash-in on the striker as his contract runs until 2020 so the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs will have to be prepared to dig deep if they want to try and strike a deal for the former Madrid hitman.

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One Comment

  1. Bill

    January 31, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Yet more paper talk, must be a quiet day in Fleet Street.

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