Wolfsburg likely to rival Gunners for Morata.
German magazine Kicker quoted Wolfsburg’s manager Klaus Allofs with the following statement about Morata:
“He is not uninteresting. We know the player, have seen him at the under-21 European Championship and also recently in the victory against Germany.”
If you know the calm character of Allofs, then you know that this is the most exciting he can get about describing a potential new player.
However, do Wolfsburg have a realistic chance of signing him if a European top club like Arsenal is the competition? What can they possibly offer him that Arsenal can’t?
Wolfsburg has made a big step in their development this season and it seems to be only a question of time when we will see them in the Champions League. Money is not an issue for them as they are sponsored by the Volkswagen company which also has its headquarters in Wolfsburg.
They already demonstrated their financial power when they signed Kevin de Bruyne from Chelsea for more than 20 million Euros in the last transfer period, and breaking the record fee they paid for Luiz Gustavo last summer.
Another interesting detail is that the president of VfL Wolfsburg is at the same time the executive director of Volkswagen. His name is Francisco Javier García Sanz and he was born in Madrid, the city where Morata currently plays. Garcia Sanz is said to still have very good connections to Spain although one doesn’t know if this also involves the football club Real Madrid. His Spanish roots will certainly not be a disadvantage when it would come to negotiations with Real.
Apart from that Wolfsburg has a very experienced and skilled manager with Klaus Allofs. This former German national player was before then the manager of Bremen for many years and knows exactly how to negotiate successfully as he managed to sign players like Ozil, Klose, Micoud, Pizarro and Diego for them.
Now in Wolfsburg his financial frame is a lot bigger than in Bremen so one can just imagine what this could mean for future signings of the club from the car city.
So, what decision is more likely, Morata’s move to Arsenal or to Wolfsburg? In the end it all depends what the player wants. If he feels confident enough for this big step to one of the top teams in the Premier League then he will probably sign for Arsenal, but if he thinks that this step could be too big for him then he might prefer Wolfsburg.
The second option could be logical because he doesn’t have a lot of experience yet and he also didn’t get a lot of playing time at Real with all their super stars there.
Otherwise it could also be a risk to go to the Bundesliga. If he fails in England, then he could still go to a club like Wolfsburg, but if he isn’t successful there, then a club like Arsenal would probably lose their interest in him.
Apart from that it’s not so easy too shine in the Bundesliga any more. The level of all teams is higher than a couple of years ago. One example could be the Spanish striker Joselu came from Real to Hoffenheim two years ago and thought that he would start a big career there but then his performances didn’t keep up with the expectations. Now he plays for Frankfurt and is still far away from becoming an international star.
So maybe a move to Arsenal wouldn’t be Morata’s worst option after all as he definitely has the potential to outshine Giroud there. There have been a lot of examples of young Spanish players who went to the Premier League and then achieved their breakthrough - just look at Cesc Fabregas.