Transfer balls: Morata to Chelsea (if Arsenal let him leave)
Transfer Balls – fake news for football: The BBC says Chelsea “have reached an agreement” to sign striker Alvaro Morata, 24, from Real Madrid. The Beeb’s source is Spanish site Diario Gol. As ever, I like to use Google Translate to tell the source’s story.
The headline’s a belter: “Morata lynch to a crack of Real Madrid: the checkmate to Zidane.”
The teaser’s good too: “The one of The Factory explodes against the mister.”
Diego Castro’s words according to Google Translate are:
The worst. Karim Benzema was signing one of the weakest seasons since joining Real Madrid in 2009 . The goalkeeper has scored the same goals as Álvaro Morata in almost double the number of minutes played. The canterano has played 1,593 minutes , while the French accumulates 2,597 ‘ .
Benzema is no goalkeeper. But the gist is that Morata is the better striker of the two.
But what about Chelsea? Well, Morata has “never been the first choice of Zizou”. Adding: “The French strategist always opted publicly for his compatriot, regardless of the level of his players… Zidane always put him ahead of the team’s needs.”
And Chelsea? Only this: “Morata has been wanting for Chelsea for weeks, with more than a verbal agreement.”
It’s not exactly done and dusted. The Week says Morata is only “among potential targets” for Chelsea. The Daily Star says Morata might be heading to Manchester United. And Corriere dello Sport says AC Milan will outbid Chelsea for Morata’s signature.
So there’s no agreement, then. Which makes it odd that the Daily Star can announce that the deal taking Morata to Chelsea has been done:
And let’s not forget that according to these fine sources, Morata plays for Arsenal:
Such are the facts.