Barcelona make a real move…Chavi wanted him, but the deal ‘fell through’

December 3, 2023 | by

Barcelona have approached Alvaro Morata (31-Atletico Madrid) in a bid to strengthen their frontline, it has been revealed. Head coach Chavi Hernandez (43-Spain) says he has spoken directly to Morata about a move.

“It’s true that I wanted Morata,” Chavez said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the match against Atletico Madrid on Sunday. The possibility was there. I spoke to Morata and I wanted him for the team, but in the end it didn’t happen,” he said, adding, “He’s a striker I really like. He is a great striker and a generous player who is committed to the team.”

Morata is a proven attacker for the Spanish national team and a proven resource in the Primera Liga (La Liga). He has a lot of experience in various major tournaments and the ability to guarantee double-digit goals if he secures a starting spot. With all of this in mind, big-name clubs have been adding Morata to their rosters every transfer window.

Last summer, in particular, Morata was available for a relatively cheap transfer as he was nearing the end of his contract at Atletico Madrid, but after a heart-to-heart with Diego Simeone (53-Argentina) during preseason in South Korea, Morata opted to stay.

After the transfer window closed, Simeone himself spoke out, confirming that the reports of Morata’s departure were true. Chavez recognized Morata’s strengths and wanted him to join the team 캡틴토토. Morata is a very versatile striker with a lot to offer in terms of quality, pace, and activity. Xavi wanted to bring Morata to Barcelona to strengthen the attacking line.

He went on to praise Morata: “He gets into space well and helps the team a lot. With Morata and Antoine Griezmann, 32, Atletico Madrid has a world-class striker combination.”

Morata grew up in Real Madrid and has since played for Juventus, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. While his finishing can be problematic, he has a number of strengths to offset that. At 6-foot-3, he has the pace to outrun defenders and the link-up play to help his teammates.

This season, he has also improved his finishing, which has been one of his weaknesses, scoring 12 goals in 17 games in all competitions. His five goals in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) tie him with Elling Holland (23-Manchester City) and Rasmus Højlund (20-Manchester United) as the competition’s top scorers.


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