1. Alvaro Morata to Manchester United
Stefan: Speculation of a move to AC Milan has been rubbished by the player himself, but he has admitted his future at Real Madrid is not entirely in his hands. Despite boasting a decent goal return this season, it’s easy to imagine Real cashing in on Morata in order to make room for an upgrade.
A number of teams have been linked such as Chelsea, Milan and Arsenal, but it is Manchester United who have been credited as the only team with a concrete offer currently on the table. A move to United would make sense as there is currently a Zlatan-sized hole in the team that needs filling and main target Antoine Griezmann has committed his immediate future to Atletico Madrid.
Of the names currently linked such as Romelu Lukaku and Alexandre Lacazette, it is Morata that probably fits the bill most in regards to what Mourinho will want from a centre forward. Also, it was Mourinho who gave the Spaniard his debut at Real and he is a known admirer, so a reunion seems doable. The problem for United, however, is Real would likely use any interest in Morata to make a run at David de Gea.
Shiema: A few days ago it seemed as if this was just a matter of time. Reports in Spain now suggest, however, that the Real Madrid striker would relish a move to Manchester United. While he may face a lot of competition from Marcus Rashford at Old Trafford, Morata has lots of experience in big games and has all the attributes to lead the line for a club like Man United. He could certainly be the central figure of AC Milan’s project for the next 2-3 seasons and this could perhaps be a deal-breaker since the Spanish striker is in search of regular first team football.
He also has his eyes on a place at next summer’s World Cup which means that he will likely make his choice based on playing time. I think a move to Man United would be more appealing to the 24-year-old, but with news that Real has rejected a €60M bid, United is unlikely to meet the €90M that reports claim the European Champions are seeking. Milan could very well be out of the running financially to sign him and therefore my money is on him eventually ending up at Old Trafford this summer.
2. Wojciech Szczęsny to Juventus
Stefan: Szczęsny’s agent has downplayed talk of an agreement for his client’s transfer to Juventus, but it is clear the Polish keeper is a wanted man after his performances over the past two seasons. While Szczęsny has been the best goalkeeper in Italy, Gianluigi Buffon has made it clear he intends to retire after the 2018 World Cup, but it’s puzzling to imagine Szczęsny would sit on the bench for a year waiting for that, especially as he would be looking to participate in the aforementioned World Cup himself.
With one year left on his Arsenal contract and Wenger’s puzzling trust in Petr Čech this one is hard to read. Arsenal would be quite silly to let Szczęsny leave considering their goalkeeper problems since his departure. Čech enjoyed his best (and only good) two months of his Arsenal career at the end of this season, but to rely on him maintaining that form would be naive to say the least.
Shiema: There seems to be quite a storyline here. After two seasons on loan in the Italian capital, news broke that the Polish goalkeeper had agreed a deal to join Serie A champions Juventus. Roma president James Palotta has since come out and stated that the Arsenal stopper informed him that he wants to stay at the Stadio Olimpico. In the last 48 hours, Turin based newspaper Tuttosport insisted that Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta believes he’s got his man who is ready to take on Gianluigi Buffon’s mantle. The legendary Italian has made it quite clear that he intends to carry on playing next season.
Will Max Allegri be willing to keep the 39-year-old out of the first eleven? Will Szczesny leave Roma if he’s not guaranteed first team football? This could go on for quite a while this summer, but I think that the Polish international will stay in Rome if he is not guaranteed regular playing time. Szczesny wants to play and with him facing stiff competition from Swansea City’s Lucasz Fabianski for the number one spot in goal for Poland, the Arsenal man may decide to stay especially with Roma.