German club Vfl Wolfsburg look set to splash the cash this summer and have reportedly bid €20million for Real Madrid’s 21-year-old striker Alvaro Morata, according to the Independent.
Morata caught the eye of several clubs, including Arsenal and Juventus, with some impressive cameo displays for Carlo Ancelotti’s side last season, in which he grabbed eight goals in La Liga. However he has found himself on the periphery at the Santiago Bernabeu with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale all blocking the Spaniard’s route to first team football.
Wolfsburg just missed out on Champions League qualification in the Bundesliga last term and, backed by the money of German car giant Volkswagen, are ready to spend heavily to make sure they do not suffer the same fate next season.
Having bought Belgian starlet Kevin De Bruyne from Chelsea in January for around £17million the Wolves have been linked with a high profile move for the fellow Chelsea outcast Romelu Lukaku and were also believed to have made a last attempt to convince Mame Biram Diouf, offering the former Manchester United forward a reported €4million-a-year to move to the Volkswagen Arena.
The €20million bid for Morata is believed to be more than that offered by Serie A champions Juventus for the Spanish Under-21 international, although the prospect of Champions League football is bound to be more appealing to the player. Of course there is no guarantee of first team football in Turin with Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente already leading the line for the Italian giants, and that could also be a factor.
Arsenal are also searching for a new striker to provide competition for current leading man Olivier Giroud, although their interest in Morata appears to have slowed somewhat with the Spanish clubs insistence on a buy-back clause in the deal believed to be the stumbling block for Arsene Wenger, who is reluctant to risk losing the player further down the line.
That approach may change depending on the north London club's success elsewhere in the transfer market, with Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic believed to be their preferred target.
Morata certainly looks destined for the exit door at Madrid with his chances of ousting the likes of Ronaldo and co. looking remote in the short term.
Whether the 21-year-old can be convinced by the clearly ambitious German club remains to be seen, but there is no doubt that Wolfsburg are willing to pay to get their man.
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