Morata, unquestionable for Luis Enrique and a problem for Simeone


The striker and coach ended badly two years ago but they are doomed to understand each other unless Arsenal bet on Spain’s ‘9’ or Juventus raise their bid

Despite qualifying for the Champions League for the tenth consecutive year, a feat that guarantees a degree of economic stability, Atletico’s infamous reinforcements are long overdue. At the moment, he has only closed the hire of Samuel Lino, having paid Gil Vicente 6.5 million for this young Brazilian winger who could potentially go on loan to Sporting de Portugal, and Argentinian Gustavo López to join his coaching staff. friend, the cholo. Landing is approaching Axel Witsel, a veteran Belgian midfielder who is ending his contract with Dortmund at the age of 33 after passing through China and Russia, but the best comes at the cost of what happens to Álvaro Morata.

The Madrid striker, currently one of Luis Enrique’s regulars for the World Cup in Qatar, is experiencing another summer of uncertainty. The term that Juventus had to buy him expired, the transalpines offered Atlético more than players to keep him. There was talk of Kean, Rabiot and Zakaria and maybe a 15 million cap, but far from the 35 set out in the option-to-buy transfer agreement. From Turin they want the striker, author of this course of 12 goals and nine assists and very much to the liking of Massimiliano Allegri despite the signing of the Serbian Vlahovic, but the ‘Vecchia Signora’ has already spent 20 million in two years with Morata and plays his tricks.

While it has been taken for granted in recent days that Morata would be back in Atlético discipline on July 1 and substitute Luis Suarez safe, the reality is that Simeone is urging sports management to find a destination for him. Morata is a top tier ‘9’, with Emilio Butragueño as the team’s seventh top scorer with 26 goals in 56 games, and in his only full season as a rojblanco, he scored 22 goals, more than any rojiblancos striker in the past season . He has a great air game, he is quick in counter-attack and he plays well with his back, three important conditions to be able to succeed with Simeone.

However, in order to reunite their destinies, they would have to resolve their differences. Morata left Atlético in 2020 after a tough clash with his coach following his substitution against Leipzig in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Even in a lousy moment of form, Diego Costa Morata was ahead of Simeone’s predilections, convinced the Madrid man lacks character, leadership and consistency.

From the highest levels of the club they understand that the reconciliation between the coach and the striker is feasible, as has already happened in previous cases with Diego Costa and Filipe Luis after their return from Chelsea and will now happen with Saúl Ñíguez after he has left a remnant. was at Stamford Bridge. It was different with Griezmann as it was his excellent relationship with Simeone that allowed his return after failing at Barca.

The situation with Morata is not the same as it was two years ago. Diego Costa is gone, Suarez is gone and Cholo knows that when he gains confidence, Morata usually returns it with goals. The Madrid man has close friends and references in the dressing room, especially Koke and Marcos Llorente, and at first it was clear to him it was Juventus or Atletico. But today Morata would be the fourth striker for Cholo and that is a problem for the footballer, with the Qatar World Cup three months away from the start of the League.

If not injured, Griezmann and Joao Felix would be the attacking pair, although neither reacts to the profile of a classic striker, and behind them the Argentine coach wants to give more flight to Brazilian Cunha, author of six goals and six assists in the 1050 minutes he played in his abhorrent role last year.

With Morata’s future up in the air, the thriving Premier League looks like a possible escape route. According to ‘The Mirror’, Arsenal is very interested in the Spanish striker and could reach the amount of 35 million that Atletico is asking for. As is the market, San Sebastian coach Mikel Arteta understands that Morata could be that ‘9’ of reference as an alternative to Alexander Lacazette in the ‘gunners’.

Strengthening the attack is a priority for the Emirates club, which also has Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus and Britain’s Tammy Abraham on its agenda. But Guardiola’s City and Roma are asking about 50 million for them. As Morata finally leaves the Metropolitan, Raúl de Tomás appears on the horizon.

Source: La Verdad


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