The transfer story of Alvaro Morata has been prominent all season long. The Spain international has been torn between staying at Juventus or returning to Real Madrid, who have a buy-back clause worth £23 million.
Los Blancos have made it clear they are ready to activate the 23-year-old’s clause and bring him back to Madrid. However, Real are not planning to keep him as they want to make a profit by selling Morata immediately.
Juventus have been rumoured to wanting to offer £11 million to £15 million to the La Liga giants in order to release Morata of his buy-back clause, as they already paid £15 million to get the striker to Turin on loan.
Such offer is considered to be too low in Real’s view, which was also pretty much confirmed by Juventus Director General and Sports Department CEO Giuseppe Marotta.
“Morata? We’ve met with Florentino Perez but we didn’t speak about Morata so we postponed that discussion until next week when we’ll have a new meeting. This meeting served to clarify Morata’s position as well as evaluate other opportunities with Real Madrid,” Marotta said to Sky Sports (via Gianluca Di Marzio).
“If we’re optimistic? Morata is a player who we believe in but Real have the option which hangs over him like the Sword of Damocles. We’re looking to bring him home yet again. We will take the players wishes into consideration, which makes us proud, but then we have to see what Real’s interests are too.”
Meanwhile, Morata himself had some interesting things to say in an interview with Spanish AS (via Goal).
“That is my wish, to succeed in Madrid. But in Madrid there are great players. And what I want is to play and feel important,” the striker said.
“There are some offers from England that are tempting, not only by contract. I think for my characteristics the Premier League would also be a great destination.”
These comments have, without a doubt, put Arsenal on red alert. The Gunners have been leading the race for Morata with a reported £51 million offer, trying to hold off interest from the likes of PSG and Manchester United.
In addition, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Emanuele Giulianelli, Arsenal have made contact with Atletico Madrid regarding winger Yannick Carrasco.
Arsenal asked Atletico Madrid to be allowed to make a bid for Carrasco. Atletico available to listen. About €20/25mln
— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) 30 mei 2016
The 22-year-old Belgium international provided five goals and five assists in his first season for Diego Simeone’s team, notably finding the net in the Champions League final to force the game to extra time.
Carrasco joined Atletico last summer from Monaco in a £13 million deal and is going to Euro 2016 with the Belgium national team this summer.