Various reports this morning say that Arsenal are negotiating a transfer for striker Alvaro Morata.
The 23 year old Spaniard is currently at Juventus, but former club Real Madrid have a €30m buy back clause which they can choose to exercise this summer. It’s suggested that Arsenal are trying to negotiate directly with the La Liga giants in order to a deal which would see him join the Gunners after they buy him back.
Corriere dello Sport say that’s what the plan is, but papers say a lot of stuff.
Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta admitted it was out their hands, saying, “Morata’s future doesn’t solely depend on Juventus despite our desire for him to remain here, but the outcome of the conversations with Real Madrid will dictate his future.”
The 6’1 forward scored just 11 goals last season, but is seen as a player of real potential, and it’s not the first time Arsenal have been linked with him.
Before he joined the Serie A club, Arsene Wenger denied a loan deal for Morata had been done with Madrid as far back as December 2013, but he is a player who has been on the manager’s radar for some time.
With Danny Welbeck injured, the need to add at least one forward to the squad this season is acute, although we do tend to shy away from deals as complicated as this one would be.
He fits the bill, but we’re erring on the side of caution, giving this a runny 7 on the poo-o-meter for now.