Barcelona wants to sign Álvaro Morata this same winter market, as the AS newspaper and has been able to confirm the SER. The talks between the Atlético de Madrid player, who is on loan to Juventus, are well advanced. Morata is Xavi Hernández’s first option for the striker and the only thing missing is to finalize the operation with the two clubs involved, since the footballer would have given his OK to the operation. Xavi considers Morata a priority to reinforce the position of center forward. He considers him a finisher, something he does not have on the squad. The operation, however, is complicated, because you have to agree to two clubs: Atlético and Juventus.
Xavi Hernández called Morata to find out his situation and inquire about his arrival and the footballer said that he would go to Barcelona “with his eyes closed” and that he was not comfortable at Juventus. In fact, according to AsXavi promised him that Barcelona wants to take over his services, not count on him alone until the end of this season.
The forward would lower the chip significantly to fit in the financial fair play. In summer the sale operation could be carried out in a totally balanced way, since Atlético de Madrid will pay 40 million for Griezmann and Juventus has a purchase option of 40 million for the Spanish striker.
Atlético does not have him
Morata is on loan to Juventus until this July, when he would be on loan for two years in Turin. The Italians paid 15 million to Atlético for the transfer and this summer they would have to pay 40 million of compulsory purchase. Atlético de Madrid does not have Morata. Not now, not in June. They have closed their rojiblanco stage and aspire to recover what the signing cost in their day. He hopes that the purchase option is exercised, since the one they want to retain is Griezmann. They are going to stay with him. Neither he nor Simeone have any doubts.
From Italy they see the difficult transfer. Juventus has already paid 15 million for Morata and, right now, they need a striker without the Madrid’s departure. If he trades Morata, he would need two. The only player who could interest the old lady It is Memphis Depay, but even so, his idea is to incorporate another one.
Morata had a run-in with his coach on December 5, after being substituted during a match. The forward, visibly upset by the substitution, got into an argument with the coach. Allegri explained the situation at a press conference after the game: “I didn’t want to replace him, he had been booked and kept protesting, but then nothing happened. I’m sorry, he was playing well technically, although he failed to score goals.” The Madrid native has scored seven goals in 23 games for Juventus this season, five in the league and two in the Champions League. He has only missed two games – through injury – since August.
Gustavo López’s opinion
To talk about Morata’s fit in Xavi’s Barça style, at SER Deportivos we have asked Gustavo López. “It can be interesting. A Barça that wants to generate play, that wants to generate chances, also needs a finisher and Morata can be an ideal man for that. Not to build, not to elaborate, not to be an associative player, but for the definition. He has many players with very good footing, development and construction of the game and he needs a finisher. Morata is a finisher who can be very useful for Barça for what Xavi needs now in this market, “says Gustavo López.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.