Just over 48 hours remain for Atletico Madrid to get their La Liga campaign underway for the new season. Yet, significant doubts remain around the futures of some of their key players.
One such case is that of Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard seemed set to play for Atletico Madrid after resolving his feud with Diego Simeone and completing a successful loan at Juventus. However, the situation seems to have changed in recent days.
According to reports from The Athletic, there is a serious possibility that Morata could sign for Manchester United in the coming days. The two clubs have already been in contact and the transfer could involve a fee of around €35 million.
Los Rojiblancos may accept a move to Old Trafford on loan for their striker. The burden of his wages in such a scenario would fall on the Premier League side’s shoulders.
Morata is no stranger to the English league, having played for Chelsea from 2017 to 2019. In two league seasons for the London-based side, he scored 16 goals and provided six assists.
Last season, he performed at a very high level for Juventus, scoring nine goals and providing seven assists in 35 Serie A appearances. While the Bianconeri were interested in extending his loan, Atletico Madrid refused to negotiate.
Atletico Madrid have just Morata and Matheus Cunha as natural no. 9s in their squad, and the former is expected to take priority given his exceptional pre-season. That said, Atleti are deprived of money, and he could be allowed to leave.
However, the same cannot be said if he moves to Manchester. If Cristiano Ronaldo does not leave the club, the Portuguese international could well be ahead of the Spaniard in the pecking order.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.