Alvaro Morata, a striker for Atletico Madrid, has denied speculations that he would go to AS Roma this summer, but the Spanish striker has extended best wishes to Jose Mourinho, his former head coach.
Roma has been interested in signing Morata to reinforce their frontline, but Morata has revealed that the Italian team is not currently on his radar.
Following a setback in the shape of Tammy Abraham’s cruciate ligament injury, which left the team in need of attacking reinforcements, Roma began to pursue Morata. Since there is only one striker available, Andrea Belotti, Roma’s search for a new attacker has been a top priority throughout the current transfer window.
Roma’s inability to spend much on fresh acquisitions this summer due to financial restrictions precluded them from obtaining Morata on loan from Atletico Madrid. The planned loan transfer was rejected by the Spanish club, forcing Roma to consider other possibilities, including Gianluca Scamacca from West Ham.
Alvaro Morata addressed the persistent rumors and outlined his current position regarding a transfer to Roma in an interview with Mexican publication Tudn that was carried by Calciomercato.com. “I’m working and I’m very happy to be in Mexico with the team. I want to improve, I’m doing it in this pre-season. But we players don’t control the transfer market,” he said. The 30-year-old forward made it clear that Roma is not currently an option on his mind.
Morata also took the opportunity to express his gratitude towards Jose Mourinho, who played a significant role in his career. “He’s a great coach, he was the one who gave me the opportunity to play my first professional match. I’m very grateful to him and I wish him the best,” Morata said, highlighting the mutual respect between the two.
Roma is still looking for a new striker, and they have been negotiating with Santos for Marcos Leonardo’s services. Less than three weeks before the start of the Serie A season, the discussions have stalled, placing the club in a difficult situation.
In preparation for the forthcoming season, Roma’s supporters will be interested to watch how the team handles its striking demands. They are optimistic that the Giallorossi management will find a suitable solution to strengthen the squad and assure a competitive season in Italy’s top league despite their sadness at missing out on Morata.