19 Jan 2016

Marquee Signing: Liverpool make record-breaking €60m offer for 'exceptional' striker Carra hailed as 'hottest in Europe'

Due to the perennial goalscoring failure of Liverpool's attacking players, Liverpool continue to struggle for goals, and new reports today suggest that Jurgen Klopp has identified a possible solution to the Reds' goalscoring woes.

According to Italian newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport:

"In their attempts to bring Alvaro Morata to Merseyside, Liverpool are willing to pay big bucks [but] a mammoth offer of €60 million from the Reds will be rebuffed by Juve".

Sky Sports confirms:

"Juventus have turned down a €60m offer from Liverpool for Alvaro Morata".

Liverpool have been linked with Morata several times in the past:

Jun 2013: Brendan Rodgers reportedly wanted Morata as a makeweight in a proposed Luis Suarez move to Barcelona.

Jan 2014: Liverpool allegedly put in a 'concrete offer' for Morata.

Feb 2015: The Mirror claimed that Liverpool were planning a summer bid for Morata.

Some info about Morata, whose football idol is Madrid legend Raul:

* Juventus Total: 18 goals/12 assists in 71 apps (One every 119 mins)

* This Season: 3 goals/5 assists in 25 apps (One every 157 mins)

* Currently on a barren run of 15 games without a goal (Last goal: Oct 4th 2015).

* According to Jamie Carragher: "Morata is one of the hottest young strikers in Europe. It would be intriguing to see Morata [in the Premier League].

* Thiago Alcantara's assessment: “Morata is an exceptional player and he’s really given us a lot in this tournament. He’s a great No9".

€60m for yet another goal-shy striker? Absolute madness. As far as I can tell, Morata is (this season) the Juve version of Adam Lallana.

There's also another elephant in the room to consider: the perpetual failure at Liverpool of players signed from Serie A clubs (Dossena, Borini, Balotelli etc).

Thankfully, according to Juve director Giuseppe Marotta, it looks like this deal is a non-starter. On Monday, he told Marca:

"We have no interest in dealing with Real Madrid or any other club. We've never considered selling Morata. He's part of the backbone of this team [and] we're keeping hold of players like him."

Thanks, but no thanks, especially if it involves breaking Liverpool's transfer record.

Author: Jaimie K


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