Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid)
It seems strange to think that Real Madrid would be willing to let Alvaro Morata go, considering his standing as one of the pearls of their cantera. While Barcelona have regularly fielded first teams consisting almost entirely of players from their academy, Real’s galactico policy has meant few opportunities for their kids, leading them to look elsewhere to build their careers. It didn’t work out too badly for Roberto Soldado, Juan Mata or Alvaro Negredo. mind.
In Morata’s case, the rumours just won’t go away. After scoring at the weekend in Real Madrid’s 4-0 win over Almeria, the 21-year-old was once again forced to clarify his future amidst rumours he could be Arsenal-bound this summer, stating: “I am happy here and as long as they want me to stay I will.” His record this season shows a player with real goalscoring potential. Morata has seven goals in all competitons, with his six strikes in La Liga working out at a rate of a goal every 48 minutes on the field. Watching him play, there’s an obvious nervousness about Morata at the Bernabeu, as if he’s trying too hard to impress, too desperate to succeed at his boyhood club. A move to Arsenal would take away that anxiety and, possibly, allow Morata to thrive.