22 Apr 2016

Marquee Signing: Liverpool chase 'exceptional' €60m striker Carra hailed as 'hottest in Europe'

In January, Liverpool reportedly made a mammoth €60m bd for Juventus star Alvaro Morata, and new reports suggest that the Spanish striker remains on Jurgen Klopp's transfer wish-list.

During the January transfer window, Sky Sports claimed that Juventus 'turned down a €60m offer from Liverpool for Morata', and according to Friday's edition of Tutto Sport:

"Juventus have had enquiries about Morata from Tottenham and Liverpool, and the club is willing to sell for €50-€60m".

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 Real Madrid.

* 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.

* Mar 2016: Tutto Sport claimed that Liverpool are preparing a massive summer bid for the Morata, but he'll only move if Liverpool qualify for the Champions League.

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

* Juventus Total: 25 goals/19 assists (39) in 89 apps (Goal every 186 mins. G/A every 119 mins)

* This Season: 22 goals/assists in 43 apps (One every 106 mins)

* 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. He’s a great No 9".

Juve director Giuseppe Marotta insists Morata is staying at the club, and in a recent interview, 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."

Liverpool still have an outside chance of qualifying for the Champions League (via the Europa League), but if it comes down a choice between Anfield, and the Bernabeu, there's only going to be one winning. Jurgen Klopp may be a draw, but Madrid challenge for the biggest trophies every year, whereas the Reds have qualified for the Champions League just once in the last six years.

In any event, one goal every 186 minutes is not that impressive, and it's certainly not worth €60m (IMO). For that kind of money, Liverpool should be signing a player with a Suarez or Sturridge rate of prolificity.

Author: Jaimie K


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