Atletico Madrid Open To Selling Alvaro Morata
Atletico Madrid are willing to allow star striker Alvaro Morata to leave the Metropolitano Stadium in the summer, but only for a reasonable price.
Despite enjoying plenty of playing time under Diego Simeone this term, the Spaniard could wave goodbye to Madrid at the end of the season, as per Diario AS.
Simeone is open to selling the 30-year-old forward, who returned to Atletico last summer following a decent two-year loan spell in Serie A with Juventus.
Morata has bagged 15 goals and three assists in 43 competitive appearances for Los Rojiblancos in 2022/23 but could still depart the club if someone meets his price tag.
While the La Liga heavyweights are ready to offload the former Real Madrid man, they’re reluctant to budge over their €35 million asking price that discouraged Juventus’ bid to keep him in Turin last summer.
The Bianconeri were keen to sign Morata permanently at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, but Atletico’s demands blew them out of the water.
It’s still uncertain whether Massimiliano Allegri’s men will rekindle their interest in the Spain international this summer.
However, Morata’s future could still be in Italy after dethroned Serie A champions AC Milan identified him as a potential replacement for outgoing veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Swedish superstar will leave the San Siro at the end of the season, leaving Stefano Pioli with ageing Olivier Giroud and underperforming Divock Origi as the only centre-forward options.
And while the Frenchman continues to defy his age, the ex-Liverpool man has been quite a letdown since swapping Anfield for the Rossoneri last summer.
Milan extended Rafael Leao’s contract only last week.
However, after surrendering the Scudetto to Napoli and suffering a thumping Champions League semi-final exit to Inter Milan, they’ve become aware of the necessity of another household name in the front third.
Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara will have a busy summer, with the Rossoneri reportedly on the verge of landing Daichi Kamada on a free transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt.