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Arsenal bid £28m for Serie A striker, Wenger wants deal done soon
The Sun are reporting today that Arsenal have finally made their move for Alvaro Morata after submitting an opening £28m bid for the Juventus striker.
Morata has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates in recent months as Arsene Wenger looks to sign a striker after losing Danny Welbeck for the majority of next season.
The Spanish international joined Juventus from Real Madrid in 2014 and has helped the Old Lady win consecutive Serie A titles and reach the final of the 2014/15 Champions League during his two years at the club.
However, the Mirror are one of several media outlets who claim that Madrid have decided to activate a £23m buyback clause inserted in to Morata’s contract and then immediately sell the striker on at a profit.
Arsenal have been touted as favourites to sign the 23-year-old and it looks like we’ve now made our interest official with the Sun claiming that we’ve tabled an opening £28m bid.
The newspaper says that Wenger is keen to get a deal wrapped-up quickly in order to have Morata on board before the start of Euro 2016 and expects to have a response to our initial bid next week after the Champions League final.
However, it looks like we might have to increase our offer as the Sun suggest that Madrid are expected to knock back our bid and demand £38m for the Spaniard’s signature.
Morata is a huge talent and I’d certainly welcome him to Arsenal this summer, but for £38m? I’m not convinced he’s the best choice for that sort of money. He only scored 8 Serie A goals last season and has never scored more than 15 goals in all competition in ANY season so far in his senior career.
Is he the prolific goalscorer we’ve all been crying out for? Certainly not. Not yet anyway. So I think he’d be a risky signing, especially for £38m. For that kind of money I’d be expecting guaranteed goals. I’d rather we paid a little bit more and got someone like Higuain or Benzema – who could be available if Madrid land Aubameyang.