GdS: Morata is ‘Mr. X’ – three-year deal ready for Spanish striker

By Euan Burns -

Whilst Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have tried to be mysterious about who the next big striker target is for AC Milan, it is no secret that Mr. X is Alvaro Morata.

As highlighted by La Gazzetta dello Sport (as seen below), it does not take much deduction to know that when Ibrahimovic said ‘we have an idea for the attack, we hope it can be realised as quickly as possible. I won’t say the name, but there is a Mr. X that we are aiming for’, he meant Morata.

Whilst the day was supposed to be about the unveiling of Paulo Fonseca as coach and the start of the season’s preparations, the transfer market became the main focus.

It had already become clear that Joshua Zirkzee would not be joining given the increased efforts of Manchester United, but Ibrahimovic’s comments confirmed that Milan are no longer trying to make that deal work.

The hope is that Morata will be the perfect profile of striker for Fonseca, with the Portuguese coach saying: “The striker we want must play in the final 30 metres and be able to do so without space.”

Morata is available for just €13m thanks to his release clause and he has been in fine form recently for both Atletico Madrid and Spain.

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    1. Might not even be Morata for all we know. I doubt he takes the 4mil/year salary but even if it’s slightly higher, it’s still high for a back up. So what is the probability that X is someone in addition to Morata?

      They can afford it, but is it prudent? Is Fonseca calling for a different parameter striker altogether?

    1. my thoughts exactly. Not because of age, in today’s world 31 is still good age to be at or near your prime. I guess on the plus side, in 2 years or so when he’s declining, Camarda should slot in quite nicely.

  1. What a shame. Started chasing Guirassy, when it became obvious we couldn’t get Zirkzee. Unfortunately, he had made a decision on his future. Jonathan David, Dovbyk, Gimenez, instead, we are talking about Morata as our No.1 striker. Zirkzee, for me, was a surprise pursuit, but, still, the management wasted so much time chasing shadows. I don’t know how I am feeling with the whole transfer activities. Today, they are talking about a young striker for the future; tomorrow, they are chasing a worn-out one. Pioli struggled during the second part of last season bcos of the management’s failure to get the players he needed. We went for Taremi, Dhaka, and, ended up with Jovic. Here we go again. Our revenues would be affected if we don’t do well next season, with this Fonseca experiment, and the players we are giving him to work with. Nothing feeling any joy at all this transfer window.

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