Spanish newspaper AS claims that Antonio Conte’s departure from Juventus could affect the Italian club’s plans to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.
An €18 million fee has been agreed between the two clubs but the deal was struck before news broke that Conte was leaving the Serie A champions by mutual consent.
“His departure may complicate the transfer of the player. Nevertheless Juventus has transmitted a message of reassurance to the Madrid footballer,” reports AS.
If Morata’s Juventus move falls through then it could present Arsenal with a second opportunity to add him to their attacking pack ahead of the new Premier League season.
However, before Gunners get too excited, the AS report suggests there is a clear line of communication between Juventus and the player which means the deal should still go through despite the new gaffer coming in.
There’s also evidence to suggest that if Arsenal wanted Morata, they would have done a deal when they first had the chance to do so.
Joel Campbell returning to the club and the purchase of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona also means Arsene Wenger has plenty of different attacking options to use heading into the new campaign.
The reason for Conte’s departure at the moment are unclear but he worked hard to convince Morata that Juve is where he needs to be playing his football over the next few seasons.
The infrastructure and quality of the club doesn’t change because the manager has decided to move on.
If the reason for Conte’s departure was so that he could go and manage Italy, it’s something he may well have made Morata aware of personally, with the Spaniard pushing ahead with the move regardless.
There’s likely to be a delay because a new manager may decide he doesn’t want Morata but he’s a top attacking talent Juve have done well to gain an edge with and someone worth purchasing regardless.