Morata agrees pre-contract deal with Espanyol.

Espanyol have tonight agreed to sign Alvaro Morata from Southampton, as the replacement for Sergio Aguero who has announced his retirement. The deal comes as a surprise after the manager had resigned himself to letting the young guns realise their potential at Espanyol.

Moving to Southampton is Brazilian wonderkid Yuri Alberto, Torres and Trincao in a triple move which will raise an eyebrow or two.

“lets be clear, we didnt want to lose any of the three we’ve let go. All three have great potential and Alberto in particular was one of the jewels of our crown. However, how do you even start to replace a striker of Aguero’s quality? We had some discussions regarding one of our first team and youth moving, or three youth players. The opportunity to keep the first teamer and add another first teamer to our side in the end was the decision. I think Morata at 29, is sensible business for us rated at 91, but still in my opinion has a 92 in there as a current international at a top team. Time will tell on that front.”

I’d like to thank Southampton for their swift negotiations, our players are on transfer bans at until mid january, so the deal will happen over the close season. I’m looking forward to bringing Morata in, he can be that 15 to 20 goal a season striker we need, and puts us in a much stronger position than perhaps we would of been going into next season.

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