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Atletico Madrid slap €40 million price tag on striker after Sevilla make late approach

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Stability is a word that can not be found in Alvaro Morata’s dictionary. Throughout his long career, the Spaniard has never found a club to settle at and has been on the constant move from one league to another.

Ahead of the 2022-23 season, it seemed set that the striker would play for Atletico Madrid. In his first league appearance this season, he scored two goals and helped his team to a 3-0 win over Getafe. Yet, his future at the Civitas Metropolitano is far from secure.

According to journalist Sergio Fernandez Sevilla held talks with Atletico Madrid to sign Morata on Tuesday. However, the negotiations did not proceed in the right direction.

The Seville-based side were serious about signing the forward and asked Diego Simeone’s side about his situation. However, Los Rojiblancos demanded a fee of €40 million for Morata’s services, a figure that was impossible for Sevilla to reach.

This is not the first time that Sevilla have tried to sign the Spaniard. In 2019, when the striker was looking for an exit from Chelsea, Los Nervionenses tried to lure him to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Ironically, they lost the race to Atletico Madrid because of financial shortcomings.

As it stands, the 29-year-old’s contract with Los Colchoneros ends in June 2024. It was initially speculated that he would move out on loan again this season, but his renewed relationship with Simeone has helped him earn a second chance at the Spanish capital.

In three league games so far, Morata has played 236 minutes, scoring two goals in the process. Needless to say, he will likely continue as the first-choice striker for the club this season.

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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo

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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.

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