A senior representative of Juventus star Alvaro Morata has revealed that the young striker turned down the chance to join Arsenal last summer despite the fact they were offering more than his current club.
After a difficult season at Real Madrid, where it had become clear that he was going to have an almost impossible task of ousting Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale from their positions in the forward three of Carlo Ancelotti's side, Morata’s signature became the centre-piece of a transfer race between some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Now, as confirmed by his intermediary, Giuseppe Bozzo, and relayed by Sky Sports, the player himself decided that he wanted to move to Turin ahead of the other sides in the running for his services - see Arsenal and VfL Wolfsburg.
“Exactly, but Alvaro had seen first-hand what Juventus were offering him,” Bozzo said.
"That's the way he is. I know him well. He's very determined, he's got courage and guts. He is not a hypocrite, he says what he thinks, and he does not sit on the fence.
“Real did not want to sell him, and then they wanted to sell him to other clubs which were offering more, looking to overtake Juve.
“But Alvaro is stubborn, there’s always one word that counts, and that’s his. He proved it, he said, ‘I want to go to Juve’, and (the move to) Juve was done, despite all Real’s pressure."
As Bozzo points out it’s a clear indication of Morata’s stubbornness, as well perhaps as a slight on Arsenal. The Gunners haven’t been able to clinch the English title since 2004 whilst Juventus look odds on to land their fourth Scudetto in a row. If Morata was after trophies he’s certainly opted for the right club.
Of course many fans might point to the fact that his preference for Serie A over the Premier League signals a lack of ambition. Italy’s elite division has lost much of its sparkle in recent years due to its best players leaving and the fact that its biggest clubs have struggled in the Champions League.
Morata will almost certainly have to leave Serie A if he ever wants to become a leading figure in world football. Maybe when he does Arsenal will have a second bite at the cherry.
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