The Blaugrana manager continues to bet on the Juventus striker as the first option to increase the attack in this winter market.
What’s happening with Javi?
The final chapter of the soap opera “Alvaro Morata” is still far from being written. Even though Mundo Deportivo reported this Friday that Barcelona had finally ruled out the inclusion of the Juventus striker as they were not prepared to pay the 40 million option to buy Atlético de Madrid, the truth is that the technical specialists led by Xavi Hernandez, kept their bet on the Spanish striker. So much so that Morata remains to this day the number one candidate of choice for technicians to increase attack in the winter market. “The player is crazy and we love him,” they insist from the locker room. This does not negate the fact that a rather complex scenario is proposed, where there are obvious disagreements within the club regarding the priority of Morata’s transfer, and especially under what conditions. Information from Mundo Deportivo, signed by his deputy director Fernando Polo, underlined that there were many doubts about the need to pay 40 million this June for Morata, especially with such a stratospheric operation as bringing the Norwegian Haaland to the horizon.
What else do we know?
Another of the arguments that explain the presence of a handbrake in the striker’s work is that the club does not want to exert more pressure than it has. Director of football Mateu Alemany does not want to go through with Morata what he went through with Ferran Torres, signing a player when he did not yet have free chips or the required “fair play”.With the former Real Madrid player, the strategy will be very different: Morata will not be signed until the payroll is made public. And today, in order to achieve this goal, the downward update of Dembele or Sergi Roberto must be closed, or they must be transferred to Dest or Memphis. Transferring Umtiti could help too, but it’s the least realistic option of all, as they learn from the entity. Until one of these operations, or several at the same time, is activated, Barcelona will not make a move for Morata. In any case, it is clear that neither Morata is excluded nor Xavi has given up on the Spaniard.