Europa League runners-up Roma have changed their priorities amid a malfunctioning effort to sign Gianluca Scamacca. According to Corriere dello Sport, the Giallorossi have sealed personal terms with wantaway Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
Scamacca has been Jose Mourinho’s first-choice target since Tammy Abraham picked up an ACL injury on the final day of last season. However, negotiations with West Ham United have reached an impasse despite the Italian’s desire to return to Roma after an underwhelming episode in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old learned his trade at Roma and hopes to reignite his faltering career at his boyhood club. But West Ham’s demands have thrown a spanner in the works, causing the Giallorossi to assess other options. Morata has emerged as a suitable profile.
A €4.5 million deal plus €500,000 bonuses have made the Spaniard instantly accept the Italian’s contract offer. Finding an agreement with Atletico won’t be as simple. Yet, a release clause that will go from €20m to €12m once he signs a new deal in Madrid should facilitate a move.
Morata is on the verge of agreeing new terms with Los Rojiblancos. The sole purpose of that extension is to make him available for foreign suitors, including Roma. But not exclusively. Other Serie A sides are also in the running. Inter and Milan have registered an interest in the 30-year-old.
Juventus are also in the frame. Morata had two separate stints in Turin and could favor a reunion at the Allianz Stadium. Therefore, Roma would be better off accelerating talks with Atletico.
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