Spanish international Alvaro Morata seems to be one of the more coveted players on the market this summer, despite not exactly being a prolific center forward for either club or country. He must be pretty decent still if the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and several Premier League teams are supposedly all after him, right?
After coming up through their system, local kid Morata was in fact sold by Real Madrid to Juventus two summers ago. Real, smartly, do have a buy-back clause, but Morata wants playing time above all else, especially after spending these last two years as part of a rotation with the likes of Fernando Llorente, Carlos Tevez, Mario Mandzukic, and the quite wonderful Paulo Dybala. Where Morata reckons he could go at the top level of the game and not have to contend with such competition for places is not quite clear, but he seems to be leaning towards a potential Premier League move.
"There are some tempting offers from England, and I am not only talking about the contract. I think for my style of play, the Premier League will be a great destination; I am not saying that I don't want to go back to Juventus, a team I can only speak good things about. I am saying moving to the Premier League would not be a backward step. With what I have learned in Italy, I can learn something more in England and become a complete and better player."
"I am 23 and all I want is to progress, play, learn from the best and play in a good league. My wish is to succeed at Real Madrid, but they already have some great players and I want to play regularly and feel important."
"Let's see what happens at the end and where I am going to play."
-Alvaro Morata; source: AS via Inside Futbol
Words that would not look out of place coming from, say, Romelu Lukaku or most other promising, young, ambitious players looking to make a name for themselves. Would Chelsea be a place where Morata could make a name for himself? We've been linked before, as have Arsenal and a couple others. But as with all other striker rumors, for Chelsea, it would first and foremost depend on what happens with Diego Costa. And he, despite the constant rumors of a return to Atletico, doesn't seem to be going anywhere.