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FC Barcelona has set to work to strengthen the team for the second half of the season in European football and one of the positions that is in the eye of the hurricane is the front. That is why the president Joan Laporta and his sports director Mateu Alemany have put the name of Álvaro Morata on the table as a possible reinforcement, as reported by Diario As.
Interest in the Spanish gained strength since Ousmané Dembélé rejected the proposal to renew his contract with the Catalans, which expires next year and despite the fact that the Frenchman has the backing of coach Xavi Hernández, the club’s high command is not in the the task of letting him go free and looking for a way out and a substitute for him.
Of course, Barcelona a couple of days ago announced the hiring of the young attacker and also Spanish Ferran Torres, who arrived from Manchester City for a figure of 55 million euros +10 million in variables. However, to register the striker, certain exits must be completed or the extension of Dembélé’s contract specified.
Now, Morata has extensive experience in the football of the old continent and has experience in the Santander League with Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid. While in Italy, he has defended the Juventus Turin uniform.
On the other hand, the contacts with the Bianconera management have not yet intensified as it should be and the Italians are not in the task of including any player in the transfer; among them the already mentioned Ousmané Dembélé, Memphis Depay and the Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt; This was announced by Fabrizio Romano, who is one of the most renowned journalists regarding the transfer market.
Morata, in his second consecutive year in Turin, has scored five goals in 18 games in Serie A in Italy. On the other hand, in the Group Stage of the Champions League he shook the nets a couple of times and distributed an assist. There is still time and we must wait what will be the next movements of the Catalans with the environment of the Spanish attacker.
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