Arsenal are reportedly ready to oust Liverpool in the chase for Juventus forward Alvaro Morata and are said to be preparing a staggering £61 million bid for the player.
According to Italian outlet Tuttosport (h/t Luke Gardener of the Daily Star), the Gunners "have made an approach" for the Spain international striker, who has been struggling for form with the Italian champions as of late. It’s claimed the Merseyside outfit have already made a bid of £45 million for the player.
It’s a position that Arsenal could certainly do with some reinforcements. Here’s a glimpse at what the former Real Madrid man could offer:
After shining for the Bianconeri during a brilliant 2014-15 season, Morata has fallen down the pecking order in Turin. Indeed, Paulo Dybala has established himself as the team’s best striker, leaving manager Massimiliano Allegri to rotate around the former Palermo man.
For Morata, this has been a hindrance, and after proving himself as a big-game player for Juventus with some critical goals last term, he’s toiled to just one goal in Serie A this season. As noted by Bleacher Report’s Adam Digby, although he’s keeping faith in Morata, a lot of supporters have given up on the player:
Sad to see that the Juventini commenting on this have given up on Morata. Didn't expect that tbh— Adam Digby (@Adz77) January 22, 2016
Arsenal would potentially be a brilliant place to get back on track. Olivier Giroud is currently the only natural centre-forward the Gunners have, and Morata’s rounded, technical style of play would be a brilliant fit at the Emirates Stadium.
Still, £61 million is a lot of money for a player who has only scored one league goal all season, despite his obvious potential. Given his array of qualities, if Morata was to become available, Arsenal would surely be interested. But the asking price is hugely inflated and would be enough to discourage any potential suitors, including the Gunners, from trying to sign him.
Jorginho Bid Rumours
The 24-year-old has been key to the Partenopei’s stunning form this season, which has seen them surge to the summit of Serie A. His skilful reading of the game, strong dribbling and ability to pick a pass has reportedly caught the attention of the Gunners, too, although it’s claimed the Naples outfit do not want to cash in on such a key player.
The Selecao Brasileira Twitter feed thinks the Brazilian regista should be getting more opportunities with the national side:
Napoli are one of the most entertaining teams in the world; winter champs of Italy. Allan and Jorginho should WALK their way to the Seleção.— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) January 10, 2016
To do so, he’d be better off staying where he is. As talented as Jorginho may be, currently, it’s tough to see how he’d force his way into the Gunners’ best XI. Manager Arsene Wenger has already drafted in reinforcements at the base of his midfield, too, with Mohamed Elneny joining from Basel.
So at the moment, it’s not really an area in which Arsenal need desperate reinforcements. Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones took a look at what work the Gunners may need to do before the window shuts:
Do Arsenal need a player like Jorginho?
After leaving Hellas Verona to join Napoli in 2014, Jorginho has settled brilliantly and now looks like an immovable cog at the core of an exceptional outfit. Getting used to a different division and a new culture wouldn’t be ideal at this juncture, whereas further stability will expedite his development.
In Elneny, Arsenal seem to have finally bolstered their defensive quality in the middle of the park, and that’ll serve them well in challenging for top honours this term. If Wenger can lure another quality centre-forward to the club before Monday’s cutoff then they’ll be well set to challenge on all fronts in 2016.