Arsenal & Chelsea Given Green Light To Sign Want-Away £51m Hitman
Arsenal and Chelsea have been given the all-clear to push ahead with moves for want-away striker Alvaro Morata with Real Madrid ready to sell the £51m hitman
Managers are now making moves to try and strengthen their squads during the January transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. Today, more on the future of Alvaro Morata…
Arsenal and Chelsea have been given the all-clear to push ahead with moves for want-away striker Alvaro Morata with Real Madrid ready to sell the £51m-rated hitman, according to a report in the Metro.
Morata came through the Madrid youth system but struggled to hold down a regular place after breaking in to the first team set-up in 2010 and was eventually forced to seek a move away from the club.
The Spanish international enjoyed a two-year spell in Italy after joining Juventus in 2014 and was strongly linked with a move to the Premier League last summer before he eventually re-joined Madrid after they triggered a buyback clause in his contract.
However, the 24-year-old has once again found regular football hard to come by this season as he’s started just six La Liga games under Zinedine Zidane and understandably it’s led to speculation he could be on the move.
The Metro are citing a report coming from Spanish outlet Diario Gol that claims Morata has become frustrated with life on the bench and once again he’s being linked with a switch to England.
The newspaper says that Arsenal have shown the most serious interest in signing the striker while Antonio Conte is believed to have asked the Chelsea board to make enquiries over the Spaniard’s availability.
Arsene Wenger could be viewing Morata as a potential replacement for Alexis Sanchez with the Chilean superstar’s future in serious doubt as he approaches the final year of his contract with the Gunners struggling to agree terms over an extension.
Chelsea could also be in the market for a top class striker as Diego Costa has been tipped to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season following his bust up with Conte amid reported interest from China.
Morata would be an excellent signing for either club and the London duo have now been given the green light to pursue a deal as the Metro claim that Madrid president Florentino Perez is now willing to cash-in at £51m.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal or Chelsea will be willing to meet that valuation but I think Morata would be a superb signing for either of the London pair if they were able to get a deal agreed.
However, I personally think any potential deal will almost certainly wait until the summer as neither Arsenal nor Chelsea are likely to make any formal move for Morata until the future’s of Sanchez and Costa are resolved.
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