Arsenal’s search for a striker has sometimes assumed a state of fever pitch, and at other times a state of denial and rejection of stories as fabrication from the media.
As a result several players in that position have been linked to the club, one of which is Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. The 21 year old has been linked several times to the Emirates. With reports in some quarters in Spain that Juventus had bidded €20 million for the youngster.
Only recently Wolfsburg chief Klaus Allofs was quoted as saying ;
“We are trying to do something for the club and clearly we are interested in Morata,”
“It is a difficult task, as clubs like Arsenal, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund are also interested in him.”
However, Arsenal’s attempt to get the 21 year old, has cooled largely due to the insistence of the European Champions to have a buy back clause inserted that will see the Spaniard go back to Madrid within a few years.
The situation with the Real Madrid youngster is a bullet avoided by Arsenal. The club does not need a player who is still learning his trade. For all his remarkable attributes in terms of pace and height, he is still erratic in front of goal. The club already has Yaya Sanogo and the returning Joel Campbell who happens to be in the same age bracket with Morata.
Although, there is the cliche that when a player is good enough, he is old enough. But, in this scenario Alvaro Morata is not yet the finished article to be good enough. As the club will do better to aim higher.
The insistence of a buy back clause could have worked out in two ways. A parent club seldom exercises an option on a player that is not doing well at a club. Due to Morata’s young age, it is uncertain to know how he would turn out if Arsenal signs him. In such a situation, if he turns out to be a bad signing, it leaves the clubs in a precarious situation as Real Madrid will not come in for him in such a scenario.
However, where he undergoes a tutelage from Arsene Wenger and he turns out good and he becomes a player firing on all cylinders, it means, after all the hard work that would have been put into him, the club will not be in a position to reap the benefit of his peak years. With the pulling power of the European Champions, it will be difficult for one of its youth products to turn down an opportunity to go back there. It would be best for the club to avoid another Cesc Fabregas situation when there was almost a standoff as he pushed for a move to his boyhood club Barcelona.
It is normal for a club to insert buy back clauses in a player’s contract, but it clearly unusual to insist on the number of years in which the player will stay. Forcing such a clause on Arsenal is bad enough, insisting on a certain number of years is insulting. The North London club is not a feeder team to the Madrid gaints.
Other targets are there for the club to pursue.