Madrid-based newspaper Marca reports today that a Chinese business group is keen on Real Madrid’s unsettled striker Alvaro Morata and has put in a €35 million a season offer for him to play in China. The Spanish international has been used as a fringe player under Zinedine Zidane this season, and may look for an exit when the summer comes around.
According to the report, the group’s offer is a five-year contact, meaning Morata can earn up to €175 million if he decides to accept it. However, even with the lack of game time, it appears that the striker has no intention of leaving the current World Champions for a stint in Asia.
Morata has only started 13 games in La Liga, while just once in the Champions League since making a move back to Madrid. However, he has scored 18 goals in both competitions, showing the club he deserves more first-team minutes. He is currently being linked with the likes of Chelsea, where he is being speculated as Antonio Conte’s first choice to replace Diego Costa, and Manchester United — where his old boss Jose Mourinho is managing. The ex-Juventus player is also rumored with a return to Turin, as he remains in close contact with his old Bianconeri teammates.
Chinese Super League is also closely linked with another Spanish international forward in Costa, and reports say the 28-year-old has been offered a €30 million contract. The league has been splashing out money to bring in world class players, with their latest big-name signing Carlos Tevez earning up to €38 million a season with Shanghai Shenhua.