Despite not being at the club, Alvaro Morata’s future is one of Atletico Madrid’s biggest talking points every transfer window. The 29-year-old has spent more time away from the Wanda Metropolitano since his arrival at the club in 2020.
According to reports from David G Medina of MARCA, several clubs are interested in the centre-forward’s signing as they consider him to be a ‘safe bet.’ One of the club’s particularly interested is Arsenal as they look to incorporate a striker to round off their squad.
Since Morata debuted for Real Madrid in 2016, he has regularly found the back of the net for every team he has represented. While his numbers in themselves are not too spectacular, he boasts of consistency Atletico Madrid lack in their strikers right now.
The Spaniard is currently on loan at Juventus and is set to return to Madrid in a few weeks’ time. The Italians do not intend to renew his deal or activate the €35 million purchase clause on his contract at the moment.
Part of the reason is Juventus purchasing Dusan Vlahovic for a sum upwards of €75 million. Another is his less-than-ideal output.
Last season, he played 34 Serie A games for the Bianconeri, scoring 12 goals and providing two assists. Additionally, he scored two goals in the UEFA Champions League.
Now, Morata has two options on the table: to renew at Atletico Madrid or to work a way out of the club. Seemingly, the decision is quite easy given the friction between him and Diego Simeone.
It remains to be seen if Arsenal push for his signing or if Juventus will reignite their interest in his services. What is clear so far is that the chance of Morata staying at Atletico Madrid beyond this season is very slim.
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.