Former Liverpool defender, currently TV pundit Jamie Carragher joked on twitter last night claiming that Arsenal’s long-term target, Juventus forward Alvaro Morata, after his exceptional performance in the Champions League last 16 second leg tie with Bayern, will be Pep Guardiola’s first choice in the transfer priority list once he takes charge of Manchester City this summer.
Despite their pedigree, the quality of their star performers and having reached last season’s Champions League final, nobody even tipped Juventus as the winner in their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
However, the Serie A giants displayed a sensational performance and even lead the German champions 2-0, before being pegged back unfortunately during the dying stages in a thrilling 2-2 draw which seemed destined for extra time gameplay.
And Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher claimed this match against Juventus might play a key role in deciding which player Guardiola will sign when he takes charge at Manchester City at the end of this season.
I think Morata will be Pep’s first signing at Man City!
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 16, 2016
Alvaro Morata, who was heavily linked with Arsenal for the last two transfer windows, especially has been in sensational form and even set up Juventus’ second goal with a terrific solo run; a player Carragher claims will certainly be on Guardiola’s shopping list when he moves to the Etihad.
The Spaniard who was sold by Real Madrid went through the Bayern defence for the second goal, beating several defenders before slipping in a perfect pass to Juan Cuadrado who kept his cool and easily beat Manuel Neuer.
Morata has been in exceptional form for Juventus this term and he has regularly linked up with Paulo Dybala and Paul Pogba in Juventus attacks.
It’s still not clear exactly what are the changes Guardiola will look to make at Manchester City once he joins the Premier League but with the club currently struggling to secure a top-four place this season, a summer overhaul might be on the cards.
However according to a report from the Daily Star, when the Spanish forward left Real Madrid for Turin in 2014, the La Liga giants insisted on a penalty clause being added to the striker’s contract.
The clause says that Real must receive a £63m payment if Juventus decides to sell Morata before July 2017. That means there would be no profit for Juventus if they sold him to Manchester City before that date. Further, the Star claims that Real Madrid also have a buy-back clause in his current deal and can re-sign the forward for around £23m.