The internet is a-buzz with transfer speculation today concerning Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, which is neither surprising nor unexpected. The former Real Madrid product was sold to Italian giants Juventus in 2014 and has quickly become one of the top young strikers in Europe. This past season he racked up 12 goals and 12 assists for the Serie A champions, and has been on a tear this summer with Spain at the Euros. He’s fired in three goals in Spain’s opening three matches, tying him with Gareth Bale heading into the Round of 16.
He’s been so good, in fact, that Real Madrid has activated the £22.5m buy-back clause in his contract, recalling him to the Spanish giants. But the general consensus is that Madrid don’t plan to keep him, but will turn around and sell him on to the highest bidder.
Alvaro’s agent has come out and said that his client "still has offers from big clubs in the Premier League.” This has led to breathless speculation linking him to clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal, and... you guessed it, Tottenham Hotspur.
But that’s the extent of the good news if you’re a Tottenham fan. The harsh reality is that Spurs have no real shot at Morata, precisely because he is such a hot commodity. Madrid has two options with Morata: keep him at the Bernabeu for a couple of years where he may eventually inheret the keys to the kingdom, or flip him for a profit. Neither scenario is good for Tottenham.
Madrid just spent £22m to buy him back, and they’ll expect a fair bit more than that to part with him again. Considering that Tottenham are currently balking at the £31m asking price for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi. Meanwhile, Roman Abramovitch was recently spotted at one of Spain’s Euro Championship matches, and there’s talk that Chelsea is ready to make a £40m bid for Morata when the window opens next month.
Morata, 23, is an incredible young talent, and would be a face-fanningly awesome get for a club like Tottenham, who’s trying to build a Champions League and Premier League challenging team around a core of young players. That Tottenham is at all linked with Morata is encouraging, as he would not only compete with Harry Kane, but has the talent to even supersede him.
But you have to be realistic about these things. Tottenham hopes to be in a place someday where it can successfully attract top talent like Alvaro Morata. That time is almost certainly not now. But isn’t it nice to be included?