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Spanish football expert Esteve Calzada has claimed that Real Madrid are set to offload Alvaro Morata this summer for monetary purposes.
Alvaro Morata rejoined Real Madrid from Juventus last week, after the European Champions activated the £24.8 million buy-back clause in his contract. However, as per Esteve Calzada, who previously worked as Barcelona’s chief marketing and commercial officer, Los Blancos will now be selling Morata yet again, for a financial profit.
Calzada was quoted as saying: “My bet is that Real Madrid will sell Morata. And he would only go to the Premier League. This will be a transfer which is not less than 60m euros (£50m). He’s tall and fast and that suits the English style very well, he would do very well here. He is like a much younger Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“This is just my guess but I think it will be a trading movement because they (Real) may finally go for Paul Pogba this summer and if they do that, they need to be aware of FFP. They need to sell big to buy big. Of course they are dealing with Juventus but the value of Morata was already set in the contract they have, but Real Madrid will need to sell players, certainly.”
He further talked about the present financial environment in European football, stating: “All teams have to fall in line with the regulations and balance their accounts, even if they have backers with a lot of financial resources. They all have to generate income from players.
“In the past five years there has been a big shift in that trend. Five years ago the teams with the biggest player sales would have been Porto, Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Benfica, teams like that. Now it’s topped by the top teams in Europe and that’s because they all have to sell players now.”
If Calzada’s claim does turn out to be true, we may soon see Alvaro Morata playing in England, especially with two English giants – Arsenal and Manchester United – interested in his services.
Having dealt a blow in their pursuit for Leicester City star Jamie Vardy, Arsene Wenger may now turn his attention back to Morata in order to strengthen his attack.
On the other hand, the Red Devils have now entered the race for Morata’s signature as well, according to El Confidencial. As per the report, new United boss Jose Mourinho is keen to bring the Spanish striker to the Old Trafford club.