Alvaro Morata to Arsenal?
The Spain international returned to his parent club Real Madrid, who exercised their buy back clause to get him back from Juventus. Morata incidentally, left Real for the Old Lady in the summer of 2014 for a fee of 20 million euros. Last month Real got him back for around 30 million euros, following a couple of fruitful seasons where Morata managed 27 goals in 93 matches. Highlights include a goal in the 2015 Champions League Final against Barcelona.
Why would Real Madrid want to sell?
With the battle for Paul Pogba intensifying day by day, Real Madrid seem to be the only genuine contenders to land the Frenchman’s signature, apart from English heavyweight Manchester United. However, with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) breathing down clubs’ necks, teams have to tread carefully.
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Gone are the days when teams like Real Madrid, funded by multimillion sponsorship deals, could spend tens of millions on players without caring about the consequences. Therefore, in order to land Pogba’s signature, Real do need to free up some cash.
The gunners would have to fend off Chelsea, in order to land their target. 12 or 24 months ago, a betting man would have put their money on Chelsea to pip Arsenal and land a top drawer player. However, Arsenal can lure Morata with the offer of Champions League football, something which Chelsea will have to contend with.
Also, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has shown himself to be more pragmatic in recent years by splashing out big money in order to land the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, followed by the opportune signing of Petr Cech last summer.
What does it mean for Arsenal’s existing forwards?
For ages, Arsenal fans have been crying out for reinforcements in the strikers department. Ever since Robin van Persie left Arsenal for greener pastures, Arsenal have been bereft of a top quality number 9 who can score goals for fun. Olivier Giroud, in spite of a healthy goal scoring rate, has flattered to deceive.
Danny Welbeck has seen his move hampered by injury, which has resulted in much of the goal scoring burden falling on Sanchez. Although Arsenal have signed Takumo Asano, it is clearly a move for the future. Morata on the other hand gives them a young player who already has sufficient experience at the highest level. This would truly be a signing of intent from Wenger.