Barcelona, Sevilla, Bayern Munich – Where should Alvaro Morata go?
After a difficult year and a half at Stamford Bridge, it seems like Chelsea have lost patience with Alvaro Morata.
The striker was bought by The Blues in 2017 for a staggering £60 million to replace fan favourite and Spanish compatriot Diego Costa. Coming with the reputation of being prolific from his time at Juventus and Real Madrid, the Spaniard has missed chance after chance in front of goal, looking like a shadow of his former self.
Oh and the British weather didn’t do his confidence the world of good…
“I had a period where if it was raining, I’m angry because it was raining. If I miss, it was because the pitch was too wet.”Morata last year on some of the excuses he made to himself
With Gonzalo Higuain asking to leave AC Milan and Chelsea heavily linked with the Argentine, Morata’s time in London may be over. Yet he isn’t short of options with Bayern, Barcelona and Sevilla all reportedly interested in the out of form striker.
Munir El Haddadi’s departure from the Camp Nou earlier this week has left a gap in the Blaugrana’s squad, with Luis Suarez as their only recognised forward. As a result, they’re searching for a back up and Morata could be who they need.
The Catalan club are reportedly interested in taking the Spanish international either on loan or on a permanent deal. Morata’s style of play bears similarities to that of Luis Suarez (the work rate, movement, good in the air), so this transfer makes sense from Barcelona’s perspective.
However, from Morata’s side of things, perhaps not. Having come through Real’s academy, rivalries may play their part if an offer came about. Moreover, it is unlikely the former Juventus striker will want to be a backup to the Uruguayan, especially after recently being benched for Eden Hazard.
You would think the most realistic option for the troubled forward is probably a switch to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, where he can be the main man and regain his confidence.
Like Barcelona, Los Hispalenses are interested in his services either on a temporary or a permanent basis. Morata could once again thrive in La Liga, 19 goal contributions in 26 games for Los Blancos shows he has the pedigree, yet confidence seems to be the major issue.
But the chance of this happening is heavily reduced due to the financial cost involved. The Spaniard is on £140,000 per week in London, which with respect to Sevilla, could be a stumbling block in loan move. Of course if wages are an issue, the option of a permanent move is completely out of the window.
The most recent rumour regarding the two time Champions League winner’s future is a move to Bavaria.
Niko Kovac’s first season as Bayern’s boss hasn’t exactly gone to plan with a rejuvenated Dortmund side under Lucian Favre leading the Bundesliga by 6 points. FC Hollywood’s pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi continues in order to bring youth to an aging side. They are also exploring the possibility of a loan deal for Morata, to reduce the goal scoring burden on Robert Lewandowski.
Yet taking the striker to the Allianz may come at a price. The Blues reportedly want a £3 million loan fee and Bayern to pay half of his weekly wages. Worth it?
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