I know, it sounds ridiculous. Arsenal would not pay €70 million for anybody, nevermind a young striker who cannot get into the Real Madrid team, but the amount of the clause does not necessarily mean that Real Madrid would not accept any less for their 20-year old striker, Alvaro Morata.
The Mirror broke the story yesterday, and Spanish newspaper AS reports today about the clause in the contract. Morata a signed a new deal with the Spanish champions in the summer which lasts until 2015, and the buy out clause is a precaution in case the player becomes hot property.
There has been bad feeling recently between Jose Mourinho and the manager of the Real Madrid B team. Mourinho has been criticised for not giving the up and coming young players a chance, and he responded by claiming that Alberto Toril will not release his players when they are needed. The row is ongoing, but Mourinho did call on Morata at the weekend as Higuain and Benzema were injured.
Morata scored the winner in the last few minutes of Real Madrid’s trip to Levante, but he did not get on to the pitch until the last few minutes. Despite having no strikers, Mourinho brought Ronaldo into the centre and left Morata on the bench. Even when Ronaldo had to go off for an eye injury, Morata did not come on. It was a last thro of the dice as Levante had equalized.
Morata is saying that he is happy at Madrid and wants to fight for his place, but he cannot be confident of breaking into the team in this situation. Wenger has been tracking the youngster for a while, and will make a move for him in the January transfer window, apparently. There is precedent in Spanish law for players getting out of clauses in their contracts if they do not reflect the salaries. With Morata currently earning around a million euros a year, he could realistically expect a buy out clause of less than €10 million.
Morata is a good player. He is quick, mobile, tall, strong and technically adept. He has a good goal scoring record with the B team, who play in the Spanish second division, of 34 goals in 70 games. He has also played 13 games for the Spanish under-19s and scored 11 times. He is still learning his trade, however, and could find it hard being thrown into the tough competition that is the English Premier league.