Where Will Alvaro Morata Really Go? – Failed Barcelona Transfer, Arsenal Links

Juve have the option to buy the 29-year-old outright for €35 million (£29m/$40m) at the end of the current campaign, but have yet to indicate whether they will retain his services and he has been strongly linked with a number of other clubs.The Spain striker’s future has been the subject of much speculation in recent months, but he is fully focused on his duties in Turin.

“I’m happy to always stay at Juventus,” Alvaro Morata told a press conference. “Will I stay next year? My idea is the same as it was four months ago – to always remain here.”

Alvaro Morata’s tally of 34 goals in 55 games for Juve makes him joint-highest scorer alongside Cristiano Ronaldo this term, and his contribution helped Massimiliano Allegri’s men claim a fourth successive Scudetto in the season.

When asked if he would prefer to win the Europa League or Serie A with Juve, Alvaro Morata replied: “I don’t make this choice because they’re both beautiful.

“As for the Champions League, we’ll try it and see how far we can go.”

Alvaro Morata has insisted that he is happy to “always stay” at Juventus following transfer links with Barcelona and Arsenal.

Alvaro Morata initially returned to Juve on loan from Atletico Madrid in September 2020, and the Bianconeri extended that agreement for an extra season last summer.

Juve have the option to buy the 29-year-old outright for €35 million (£29m/$40m) at the end of the current campaign, but have yet to indicate whether they will retain his services and he has been strongly linked with a number of other clubs.The Spain striker’s future has been the subject of much speculation in recent months, but he is fully focused on his duties in Turin.

“I’m happy to always stay at Juventus,” Alvaro Morata told a press conference.

“Will I stay next year? My idea is the same as it was four months ago – to always remain here.”

Alvaro Morata’s tally of 34 goals in 55 games for Juve makes him joint-highest scorer alongside Cristiano Ronaldo this term, and his contribution helped Massimiliano Allegri’s men claim a fourth successive Scudetto this season.


Alvaro Morato

He began his professional football career at Real Madrid, debuting with the first team in late 2010. In 2014, he moved to Juventus for €20 million, winning both the Serie A and Coppa Italia in each of his two seasons in Turin. 

After returning to Real for €30 million, he won another La Liga and the UEFA Champions League in 2016–17 before signing for Chelsea in 2017. In January 2019, he joined Atlético Madrid on a loan agreement and completed a permanent transfer on 1 July 2020. Morata returned to Juventus on loan in 2020.

He made his debut for Real Madrid in a league match against Celta Vigo, and scored in the second minute of play. The club has had great success with him as he won back-to-back Champions League titles (2017/18) and became the first player since Ronaldo to score in four consecutive tournaments. In the 2015/16 season, he scored 22 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid.

In 2017 Alvaro Morata returned to Juventus on a yearly wage of €7 million and was handed the number 9 shirt, last worn by Carlos Tevez. In his first season back in Italy with Juventus, Alvaro ended up winning both Serie A and Co ppa Italia titles, as well as being the top scorer in Serie A. In 2018 he won a second consecutive domestic double with Juventus.

In 2019 Alvaro Morata signed a 2-year contract with Chelsea for €18 million per year plus bonuses and incentives, making him one of the highest earners at Stamford Bridge. However, by 2020 his playing time had decreased significantly due to the rise of Michy Batshuayi, and Morata had a difficult relationship with manager Maurizio Sarri.

In 2020 he was loaned out to Atlético Madrid on a €2 million loan fee and €20 million signing on fee for two seasons.


Failures to transfer

“The one problem for Arsenal is that they already have huge numbers of forward options.   When the transfer window opens, Wenger will need to make decisions on Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez (although he could be sold), while Theo Walcott’s future is still up in the air after contract talks stalled. If Alvaro Morata signed, he would be fifth choice.

Though Morata’s playing time has been limited since his return from injury, he is believed to still have a big role in the squad and it isn’t something that he or Juventus plan on changing anytime soon.

Juve could be forced to sell either Alvaro Morata or Marchisio if they fail to secure a Champions League berth 

The Bianconeri currently sit in third, four points behind Napoli and two back from Roma with six games left to play.

Any failure to earn a top three spot would likely lead to major changes with top players departing for greener pastures.


Takeaway

Juventus have reportedly reached an agreement with Chelsea for the permanent transfer of Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard has been at the club on a two-year loan deal, but it seems they are now ready to meet the obligation of paying €26 million (£23m/$28m) to have him stay permanently.

The Spanish international was expected to return to Real Madrid, but both clubs failed to agree on the transfer fee. The Spanish giants could be forced to sell him for €30 million, far below what they wanted and what Juventus are willing to pay.

“That’s a personal decision,” said Sarri when asked about Lacazette’s future. “He is an important player for the future, but the club will decide about his contract.

“I have never asked anything to the club in relation to him.”

Many reports have already linked Lacazette with a move away from Arsenal this summer. One potential destination is West Ham United. The Premier League side recently appointed Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager and the Chilean boss has reportedly set his sights on bringing the French forward to London Stadium.

Some media outlets claim that Unai Emery doesn’t rate Lacazette highly, which would explain why he isn’t considered for selection despite being fully fit. The Frenchman has scored just two goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season.

“He’s a very good player and he will definitely find a solution. I hope it is with us, but we will see.”

“I don’t want to speak about him because every time I do people say that you’re trying to convince the club to buy Lacazette. That’s not true.”

The Hammers were heavily linked with the 27-year-old this past summer, but Arsenal eventually refused to listen to offers.

“I know the club are working on bringing in some new signings, but I’m focused on my players at the moment.”

Lacazette is unlikely to be allowed to leave until the end of the season. Emery wants him ready for the Europa League knockout stages, but he could make way for the new arrivals in the summer.

Alvaro Morata has already agreed personal terms with Juventus and will sign a five-year contract worth €7m (£6.2m/$8m) per season plus bonuses and incentives, making him one of the highest earners at Stamford Bridge. However, the fee is yet to be agreed between the two clubs.

Chelsea are asking for €60m (£53m/$67m) while Juventus are only prepared to pay €50m (£44m/$55m) and negotiations will determine if a compromise is reached.”

Morata’s future is in his hands: He is always happy to stay at Juventus.