Backstage: How Milan and Morata found an agreement and everything failed

Alavaro Morata was supposed to be AC Milan’s biggest summer hit. Contracts were ready but something changed along the way.

Yesterday he proved once again to be a lethal completed centre forward, with only a few minutes left to be decisive and entering the scoreboard.

Alvaro Morata, the 25 year old Spanish striker, yesterday sealed the 3-0 in Spain versus Italy confirming his good shape. During the summer transfer window, the former Juventus left Real Madrid for over 80 million euros, moving to Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, who considers him a fixed first minute starter. But today,, has unveiled a tasty behind the curtain that also affects Milan’s mercato.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed a rather surprising mercato indiscretion. In May, Milan’s management led by Marco Fassone had practically found an agreement with Alvaro Morata for his transfer to AC Milan. He should have been Milan’s biggest summer hit. It was practically all done: 8 millions net per season for the Spaniard and about 65 millions in cash for Real Madrid, who seemed inclined to accept this proposal for a player who was definitely unhappy with his reserve status in Zinedine Zidane’s hierarchies. The contracts were ready, as was the blitz in Spain to close everything.

Alvaro Morata
Alvaro Morata (© Getty Images)

But something changed during the trip of the duo Fassone-Mirabelli to Cardiff. The rossoneri executives, who had an agreement with agent Juanma Lopez in their pockets, were “frozen” after the Champions League final by Morata himself, who stepped back and from Real Madrid who raised the price of his card compared to the initial 65 millions and by Zidane’s request to keep him. Milan returned home empty-handed and were forced to change goals, even after Chelsea’s strong intrusion that with a blitz in July managed to get a yes from both Morata and Real Madrid. It’s a shame to see what the 25 year old is combining now between the Premier League and the national team.