News today that Newcastle may be interested in young Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
Alvaro Morata – 19 year-old 6’3″ Real Madrid striker
Newcastle were first linked with this player back in March, and the lad has now been given permission to leave Real Madrid, and other clubs interested in the youngster seem to be QPR and Liverpool – of course.
The 19 year-old has failed to make it into the Real Madrid first team squad, and he was signed from Getafe in 2008, and has made 65 appearances for Real Madrid Castella – the Real Madrid Reserve team, which plays in the Spanish second division – and he’s scored a good 32 goals over the last two seasons.
Morata has so far made four appearances for the full Real Madrid side, two each in the last two seasons.
Alvaro has played for all the Spanish Youth sides through the U19 level, and has scored 11 goals in just 13 appearances for their strong Spanish U19 side.
Morata was in the Spain squad for the 2011 European U-19 Football Championship in Romania, and he helped the Spanish team to win the tournament by scoring six goals, and was the highest goal-scorer in the competition, and won the Golden Boot.
Morato stands 6’3″ tall and is very good in the air, and also at holding up the ball, Alan Shearer style, and the lad is also a good finisher.
The Madrid-born youngster is fast and mobile, and he’s been compared to Spaniard and former Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes, who spent some time at Liverpool from 2005-2006.
The news is that QPR are willing to offer Morata wages of around £30K/week, in an effort to get him to the club – who do they think they are – Manchester City?
Newcastle will not offer him anywhere near those wages, since he’s currently completely unproven at the highest level – so that being the case – this may be the last story you read of Newcastle’s interest in the youngster.