Mixed signals from Catalan press over Morata transfer: Will he come?
- Barca are considering loaning Morata in January, according to Diario Sport.
- The factors that will decide the matter are potential outgoing transfers of Denis Suarez and Munir.
- Morata is desperate to leave Chelsea but the cost of the loan promises to be quite high.
- Mundo Deportivo contradicts Diario Sport's report claiming that Barca have ended their interest in the Spaniard as he doesn't fit the desired profile.
Thursday report from Cadena Cope about Barcelona's interest in Alvaro Morata has received support from Diario Sport. According to the top Catalan source, Barcelona are considering bringing the former Madridista in already in January.
Blaugrana have reportedly received information about the Spaniard's availability on loan and are mulling over this opportunity. However, Barca are yet to make their interest official.
Alvaro Morata: Of the 136 players to have a direct hand in 5 or more goals, only two -- Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez -- did so more frequently than Morata (every 70.1 mins) in the 2016/17 La Liga season #TBT— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 10, 2019
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The factors that will decide the potential transfer are outgoing moves. Denis Suarez who is heavily linked with Arsenal and Munir who is on the verge of joining Sevilla both need to leave first for Morata to come. With Barca's wage bill already over-bloated, Valverde is more likely to try using players at his disposal at centre-forward position instead - Dembele and Malcom being the most likely candidatures.
As for Morata, he is reportedly 'desperate' to leave after failing to adapt in London. The problem is that Chelsea want €3m for the loan and Barca to pay 50% of Morata's wages, taking the total cost of the deal to over €10m.
As well as Cope, Diario Sport list four top clubs which could potentially land the promising attacker. These are Bayern Munich, Monaco, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. Previously, Sevilla were heavily linked with Morata; however, they seem to be unable to present an offer matching his huge price tag.
However, Mundo Deportivo have come out to deny Barca interest in Morata. According to this reputable source, Barca technical secretary Abidal has ruled out the signing of the Spaniard as he doesn’t have the profile Barca are looking for.
So far this season, Morata has only scored nine goals across all competitions and squandered multiple chances. Nevertheless, it is obvious the striker has a huge potential as he was outstanding at both Juventus and Real Madrid. The Spaniard joined Chelsea in the summer of 2017 for 65 million euros as he didn't want to be a second-choice player any longer.
It remains to be seen whether Barcelona decide to bid for Morata. Transfermarkt price him at just 50 million euros as his market value has significantly decreased because of his Chelsea misfortunes. Moreover, Eden Hazard's potential transfer to Real Madrid would make Morata's own departure more complicated.
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