Arsenal & Chelsea Told They Can Sign Striker For £58m This Summer
Arsenal and Chelsea will have to pay a whopping £58m to sign Alvaro Morata this summer after it was confirmed Real Madrid will activate his buyback clause
The opening of the summer transfer window is fast approaching so we’ll bring you all the latest transfer rumours and gossip from around the globe. Today, more on the future of Alvaro Morata….
Arsenal and Chelsea will have to pay a whopping £58m to sign Alvaro Morata this summer after it was confirmed Real Madrid will activate his buyback clause, according to the Sun.
Morata’s future has been up in the air in recent weeks with speculation suggesting that Madrid would exercise their £24m buyback option, which was agreed when they sold the striker to Juventus in 2014, and look to immediately sell the player on at a profit.
Juve have been keen to keep hold of the Spanish international but the clubs chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that Morata is heading back to his homeland after Madrid informed them they’d be exercising their buyback clause.
Marotta is quoted as saying by Marca via the Sun:
“Real Madrid have informed us of their intention to exercise the right to buy back [Morata], we are just waiting for a written offer.
“Only then will we see how to proceed, but at the moment the possibility of Morata staying are slim.
“He will leave Turin and return to Spain.”
So it looks as though Morata is going back to Spain before heing sold to the highest bidder and the Daily Star reported earlier this month that Arsenal and Chelsea have already held initial talks with Morata’s agent about a potential switch to London.
Arsene Wenger is in the market for a striker after Danny Welbeck was ruled out for nine months and with Arsenal’s proposed move for Jamie Vardy on the rocks, it looks as though the Gunners boss has turned his attention back to Morata.
Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is expected to bring in another frontman to partner Diego Costa in his new-look system next season and the Italian tactician is a known fan of Morata’s as he was the one who took the forward to Juventus two years ago.
However, it looks as though the Premier League duo will have to be prepared to dig deep if they want to sign the Spanish international as the Sun claim that Madrid will demand a whopping £58m for his signature once they’ve officially resigned him from Juventus.
It remains to be seen whether either club will be prepared to meet that asking price but I’d be shocked if they were as Morata is simply not worth that sort of money. The 23-year-old managed just 8 goals in Serie A last season for champions Juventus and has never scored double figures in any season his professional career, so he’s hardly a prolific striker.
Morata is a huge talent and has room to further improve his game but for nearly £60m, I think Wenger and Conte would be expecting the finished article so I’d be surprised if either club agreed to meet Madrid’s reported price tag this summer.
The striker is currently away on international duty at Euro 2016 and scored twice for Spain during their 3-0 win over Turkey on Friday night, so any move is going to have to wait until after his participation at the tournament is over.
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