After just one season of semi-hardship as the top striker at a top club, Álvaro Morata is already questioning his future at Chelsea and reportedly keen on discussing a potential move away this summer. Concerns about Morata’s mentality have persisted from day one, and this apparent consideration from the “overly nice” player, whose career still has yet to truly take off three months shy of his 26th birthday, certainly isn’t going to change that.
To his credit, Morata was quick to dismiss these talks on Instagram, with a message of how eager he was to return to work and start anew at Cobham. But too many times we have seen players saying these sorts of things only to depart the club the following week.
Outside of social media, the exit possibilities are still up and running. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, a switch for Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain remains a potentially negotiable outcome.
Juventus still value Higuaín highly, at €60-70 million, which is more or less what has been reported as Chelsea’s asking fee in case Morata leaves the club, basically recouping what the Blues paid last summer to Real Madrid for his services.
These ties with Higuaín, which refuse to die down, are likely attached to potential new coach Maurizio Sarri. The Argentinian striker had one of the best seasons of his career under Sarri’s guidance at Napoli with 38 goals in 42 matches, resulting in the €90 million move to Juventus during the 2016 summer transfer window.
Unfortunately, the current Higuaín is no longer that old Higuain, thanks to reaching 30 years of age and his general lack of fitness. It’s no wonder that Juve would be happy to pounce on the opportunity of re-adding Morata while shedding themselves of the weight of Higuain’s contract.
Even if Morata never reaches his full potential, swapping him for Higuain would be a ludicrous idea. Hopefully this is nothing more than paper talk.