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Mourinho Targets Morata Reunion, Roma Unsure as Inter Enter Fray

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 03: Alvaro Morata of Atletico Madrid celebrates after scoring the team's third goal during the LaLiga Santander match between Atletico de Madrid and Cadiz CF at Civitas Metropolitano Stadium on May 03, 2023 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)
Andy Mattioli
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Following the transfer rumour mill speculation that had linked AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, with having a firm interest in Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, late on Monday evening it was being reported that a provision deal had now been struck between Roma and the player for the Spaniard’s services. It is also now believed that it is only a matter of time before a firm agreement is now struck with the La Liga outfit that enables the deal to go through.

Roma have already completed a few deals ahead of the coming Serie A 2023/24 campaign, Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Obite Ndicka have both come in for officially undisclosed transfer fees, and Leeds United duo, Diego Llorente has returned for another loan spell, with fellow defender Rasmus Nissen Kristensen joining him for the next 12 months.

It has long been suggested though, that the 30 year old 64 capped international, was their top target for the coming year, as he had already shown he could have a good impact in the domestic Italian league given his long spell out with Juventus in the last few seasons and a bet365 bonus code nz would probably give good odds of this one going through in the next few weeks.

Italian journalist Augusto Ciardi had claimed that talks between both parties representatives had gone well and been positive, so much so in fact, that a provisional deal and contractual package has been agreed wit the player, now it just needs a formal agreement between both clubs – and they are not quite there yet.

Gianluca Di Marzio went a little bit further, given alleged details from yesterday’s meeting.

They suggest that although Morata is Mourinho’s pick as injured Tammy Abraham’s replacement, the club themselves would prefer someone younger with ties to the capital, such as West Ham United striker, Gianluca Scamacca. Given the behind the scenes disappointment of type of player choice, Roma director Tiago Pinto apparently met with the players entourage yesterday to weigh up the relevant finances involved.

Atletico apparently say the release clause is 21 million Euros, but those representing Morata seem to have suggested a document exists that means he can be released for around the 10/11 million Euros region.

That would obviously interest the Italian club, given 24 year old Scamacca only arrived in London back in 2022 for a claimed £30.5 million, and whilst he was not a raging success in his first year, they have no reason to do a deal following the sale of England midfielder Declan Rice.

His wages are apparently more problematic, but if a deal in principle has been done, it could all depend on the status of the lower release fee as claimed.

This one could run for a bit yet.

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