Newcastle United are looking at signing Alvaro Morata of Atletico Madrid, according to Calciomercato. The Spaniard just finished a loan spell with Juventus, but still belongs to the Spanish side. Spurs boss Antonio Conte once labelled him as ‘fantastic’ back in 2017 (Fotmob).
Morata has played in the Premier League before when he signed for Chelsea in 2017 for £60 million (BBC Sport). But after three years with the Blues, he struggled to impress. The forward only scored 16 times in 47 Premier League appearances.
The Magpies are in the hunt for a new forward. Callum Wilson has been great when fit, but Chris Wood has struggled for goals. Meanwhile, Dwight Gayle will likely be sold this summer. The Rafa Benitez signing hasn’t found many minutes under Eddie Howe.
Morata’s not proven it at Premier League level, Newcastle should pursue other attacking targets
If Newcastle are looking at Morata, some fans will be very concerned. The Spaniard might have played for a number of top sides but he’s struggled to cope in England previously.
Morata’s Chelsea stats show that a return to the Premier League wouldn’t be wise for the Toon or Morata himself. Newcastle’s attacking options do need bolstering, but they should look elsewhere.
It’s fair to say that Morata has had success elsewhere – he has won four league titles in Spain and Italy – but his poor showing last time he was in the Premier League leaves alarm bells ringing over a possible transfer.
The positive is that the transfer deal doesn’t look as expensive as some of his past moves.
Newcastle are at least the favourites to sign Hugo Ekitike. The forward has had a strong campaign with Ligue 1 side Stade Reims. He could be a great alternative to Wilson as a striker.
Furthermore, the price for Morata could be a high fee. The Magpies will need to be smart with signings this summer. They spent a lot in January so they don’t want to risk breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP).
Teams like Everton have spent lots of money in the past. They spent £78 million this past season which has led to potential FFP problems down the line.
There’s no doubt Newcastle’s attacking options need improving this summer. However, Morata isn’t the way to go. He failed to make an impact with Chelsea and would cost the Magpies a lot of money. They could spend that cash on a number of other players.