Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata is edging ever closer to the Santiago Bernabeu exit door, with club president Florentino Perez considering offers from Arsenal, Juventus and Wolfsburg, according to reports in Italy.
SportMediaSet claim that the player has already agreed a contract in principle with Juve which would see him move to Turin on a five-year deal for around €10.5million. However Madrid are thought to be holding out on giving their consent for the move to be finalised, and the source in question claims that they are mulling over other offers from Arsenal and Wolfsburg. The root of Perez’s reluctance to allow Morata to complete the aforementioned Serie A switch is believed to lie in the fact that he wants to recoup €30million from the sale, whereas Juve don’t consider the striker to be worth more than half of that sum.
If anything the hesitance gives Arsene Wenger a chance to stage a surprise last-minute steal, and Arsenal fans will be hoping that Perez sees their deal as the better option for his club. The Gunners have prioritised the capture of a prolific centre-forward this summer, and Morata’s status as one of Europe’s most promising hit-men has solidified his place on Wenger’s transfer shortlist. There are questions marks that inevitably hang over his head with regards to how he would adapt to the physicality of the English game were he to become Arsenal’s first major signing, but Wenger’s track record with getting the best out of youngsters could alleviate the majority of the concern there.
One would assume that Juve and Arsenal have a sizeable advantage over Wolfsburg on reputation alone, but only a fool would believe that Wenger will have an easy time in landing Morata. Though Perez has previously categorically denied that the 21-year-old will be moving to Turin in the coming weeks, the Madrid chief is likely to make his decision based on the amount of money on the table.
Of course the Spaniard isn’t the only option for Wenger, particularly with Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic today opening the door for his exit from the Allianz Arena by claiming that he has told his club he wants to leave. The Croatian is a far more experienced alternative to Morata, and his proven track record in front of goal means that he would be a safer option on paper. There’s also QPR’s Loic Remy, Real Sociedad’s Carlos Vela and Morata’s team-mate Karim Benzema to consider, and Wenger could turn to any one of them if he’s rebuffed by Perez.