Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC target Alvaro Morata has told his suitors that he is looking for a contract that will earn him around £6 million per year, if reports from the Italian media are to be believed.
Morata has caught the interest of a number of top European clubs with his performances for Juventus, scoring 27 goals in the last couple of seasons. The 23-year-old had moved from Real Madrid to Juventus, a couple of years back, for a transfer fee of around £15 million [via Transfermarkt].
The Madridistas are said to have a buy-back clause in Morata’s contract, which allows them to buy the Juventus man for £23 million. However, selling Morata to any club other than Real Madrid is likely to fetch Juventus a higher transfer fee.
Interestingly, Real Madrid could earn a lot of profit if they bring him back to the Santiago Bernabeu by July 15, and then sell him to another club at a higher price.
Although it is not yet clear where Morata will end up next season, the Spaniard is said to have informed his suitors that he wants a massive pay package of £6 million per year, according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
How can Morata improve Arsenal or Chelsea?
Being one of the best young strikers in Europe, a number of top European clubs are eyeing a move for Alvaro Morata at the moment, with Arsenal and Chelsea being tipped as two of the favourites to land him.
Arsenal currently have just one top quality forward in their squad, in the form of Frenchman Olivier Giroud. Manager Arsene Wenger has also used England attacker Theo Walcott as a backup striker, occasionally, but the 27-year-old is more of a winger than a centre-forward.
To add to that, Daniel Welbeck’s long term injury has not helped. The Gunners are in need of a quality striker, and a move to the North London club could be mutually beneficial for both the parties.
Meanwhile, Chelsea also look like they may need a quality striker, to help incoming manager Antonio Conte play his favourite 3-5-2 system. The only top striker currently on Chelsea’s roster is Diego Costa.
Other than the Spain international, Chelsea have an out of form Loic Remy, and the 20-year-old Bertrand Traore, who is yet to fully develop as a forward. Also, with Costa being linked with a move back to his old club Atletico Madrid in the summer, Chelsea seems to be in desperate need of a top striker.