Moyes Set To Battle Arsenal + Liverpool For €30m-Rated Spanish Hitman
Manchester United manager David Moyes is ready to fight it out with Arsenal and Liverpool for €30m-rated Spanish attacker this summer. Find out who here.
The January transfer window may have slammed shut but clubs will still be working hard behind the scenes at identifying targets for the summer, so we’ll bring you all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, the race hots up for Alvaro Morata.
Manchester United have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in the race to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata this summer, according to ESPN.
Morata has found first team football hard to come by at the Bernabeu this season – making just 1 league start so far – with Karim Benzema considered first choice and fellow youngster Jesse also ahead of him in Carlo Ancelotti’s pecking order.
Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for 21-year-old over the past few months and are ready to renew their interest at the end of the season after failing with a loan move in January.
Spanish journalist Guillem Balague claimed two weeks ago that Morata has already agreed terms to join the Gunners if they can agree a fee for his services, with Madrid believed to value the striker at €30 (£25m).
Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in the player as Brendan Rodgers begins to line-up summer targets after an impressive season for the Anfield club, but it now appears that Manchester United are ready to throw their hat into the ring too.
ESPN claim that sources have indicated to them that the Red Devils are seriously considering making a bid for the Spanish under-21’s international this summer, with the youngster viewed as a potential replacement for Javier Hernandez – who’s expected to leave Old Trafford after a disappointing campaign.
Morata’s contract expires in 2015 and with the player frustrated at a lack of playing time, he’s unlikely to sign an extension, leaving Madrid in a difficult situation as they will either need to cash in this summer or risk losing him for nothing 12 months down the line.
If he is allowed to leave, Arsenal still appear the most likely destination as they’ve already put a lot of groundwork in and Arsene Wenger is desperately short of options behind Olivier Giroud, and Morata would prove to be a viable alternative to the Frenchman.
At Liverpool, he would have to battle with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge for a spot in the first team, while at United he’d have the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie to contend with, so I’d still consider a switch to north London as the most likely move if he decides to try his luck in England.
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