Milan Pursuit of Elite Center-Forward Handed Major Boost

Alvaro Morata has tickled the imagination of the Milan faithful by delivering a verdict on his uncertain future at Atletico Madrid. Days after taking to Instagram to pledge his future to the Metropolitano Stadium, the Spain captain threw his Los Rojiblancos career into doubt amid talks Zlatan Ibrahimovic is keen to bring him to San Siro.

While fighting tooth and nail to sign Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee, Milan keep several other avenues open. Though they were long in the driver’s seat to lure the Dutch forward to Lombardia, there’s been a recent twist to the tale.

Erik ten Hag has requested Zirkzee’s arrival, with Manchester United ready to make his wish come true. The Red Devils have reportedly leapfrogged Milan in the race to sign the 23-year-old. There’s still hope for the Rossoneri, but their chances are dwindling.

On the other hand, Morata could be a viable target for Milan. His contract at Atletico Madrid runs out in 2026. While preparing for Spain’s mouth-watering EURO 2024 semi-finals against France, Morata spoke of the possibility of departing the Iberian heavyweights.

I just want this to end in the best possible way and for me to enjoy it,” Morata said, as quoted by Calciomercato. “Will I decide after the European Championships? It depends on how things go. In the end, it’s difficult to make a decision like that, but I think it’s also a possibility.

Morata’s affordable €13 million release clause should be no issue for Milan if they decide to step up their effort to entice him back to Serie A.

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