Surprising reports from Italy claim that Liverpool have offered Serie A Champions Juventus €60m to sign ex-Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to solve his team’s striker crisis.
According to Italian website Gazetta dello Sport Liverpool want to sign Morata as soon as possible but Juventus are unwilling to sell.
Gazzetta say Juventus have an agreement with Morata’s former club Real Madrid according to which the La Liga giants would give up their option to buy, and instead split the difference when a club offered €80m to sign the striker.
Juventus are themselves looking to sign PSG striker Edinson Cavani and the Morata deal will help them fund the transfer. Even though Juventus have rejected Liverpool’s unbelievable €60m offer they could be tempted to sell in the summer when they would be needing money to sign Cavani.
The Uruguay international appears set to leave the French champions at the end of the season and Juventus have a good relationship with his representatives.
Liverpool must be desperate for a new striker because €60m for Morata is too much. Morata has scored just 1 goal, yes only 1 goal, this season and I can’t see any reason for Liverpool to bid so much for him.
Even if Liverpool do not get Morata, they still need a new striker because 2 of their main strikers – Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are sidelined and Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino have been hit-and-miss. Klopp has been frustrated by Liverpool’s ineffectiveness in front of goal and this weekend’s defeat to Manchester United has only highlighted that.
Liverpool have also been linked with a €8.5 move for Southampton’s Shane Long but the Saints do not seem interested in doing a deal.