On April 16th, Super Deporte stated Arsenal view Álvaro Morata as a ‘very interesting player’.
Towards the end of last month, Calciomercato stated the Gunners ‘accelerate’ to sign the 29-year-old and their interest is ‘beneficial’ for Atlético Madrid. He is on loan at Juventus with an option to buy set at €35m.
Barcelona tried to sign the striker in the winter market but were unable to secure his services. AS on Friday state the Catalan club and Arsenal are in the picture to sign the ex-Chelsea man in the summer.
The Catalan club are keen to secure Robert Lewandowski’s services. Morata has emerged as an alternative for Xavi Hernández’s side, if they fail to land the Bayern Munich star.
Barca director Mateu Alemany met with Atlético chief Miguel Ángel Gil Marín in Madrid on Thursday. The two chiefs could have discussed about the Spain international and Antoine Griezmann [with Los Rojiblancos on loan from Barca].
AS state Morata, in principle, will have to return to the Metropolitano, if Juve decide not to exercise the €35m buying option. The report states the Old Lady ‘don’t seem too keen to do it’.
Arsenal and Barcelona are keeping tabs of the frontman, who will ‘not continue for various reasons at Atlético’. His ‘great obsession’ is to find the ‘perfect’ club that will allow let him represent Spain at the Qatar World Cup in best condition.
In other words, Morata wants a club next term where he can play regularly to maintain his form and fitness. This factor will be ‘decisive’ when negotiating with Atlético and his future club.
With Barca viewing Morata as an alternative to Lewandowski, this could give Arsenal an advantage in the chase to sign the Spaniard.
Mikel Arteta’s side and Barca are aware of Morata’s situation, and he wants to have his future resolved ‘before the end of May’. Time should tell whether the Spaniard can have more clarity on his future in the coming weeks.