Pro-Real Madrid newspaper Marca has suggested that Alvaro Morata is destined to end up playing in the Premier League.
The young, versatile forward has been linked with several Premier League giants, with interest reportedly coming from Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool ahead of next season.
Arsenal appear to be the side most strongly linked with signing the 21-year-old and according to Marca, they stand a great chance of pulling off a deal.
“Alvaro Morata looks almost certain to try to engineer a move away from Real Madrid - The home-grown player looks set to wind up playing Premier League football,” reports Marca.
Arsenal are hunting for a decent centre forward option to go into the squad alongside Olivier Giroud, competing against the Frenchman for regular game time and improving him in the process.
A deal for Morata wouldn’t force Arsenal to pay over the top in terms of a fee, his current deal expires in the summer of next year, which means the Gunners can try and get good value for money.
That fits the normal agenda of what Arsene Wenger looks for in transfers although he showed last summer that he wasn’t afraid to spend big when he signed Mesut Ozil from Los Blancos.
Liverpool are probably the side that could most seriously challenge Arsenal in the race to sign the youngster.
Brendan Rodgers needs to bolster his attacking options ahead of next season and Morata represents a good value signing with La Liga, and more importantly, Champions League experience.
However, should Morata opt for a move to Liverpool, he’ll have to accept that he’ll start the season behind Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order.
Chelsea, linked with high profile strikers on a regular basis, may only see him as a back up option to the heavyweight attacking signing they make in the transfer window this summer.
Morata may also be put off by the fact Jose Mourinho demands all of his players have a defensive side, because of the tactics he likes to use in the bigger games.
The Premier League will be better off for having a player of Morata’s quality but where he’ll end up is unclear.