Spare a thought for the editors of Spain’s main four football papers this week. Filling 40 pages a day with Spain’s home game with Israel was a tough call especially for the Catalan titles who know half their readers have only one concern when it comes to Julen Lopetegui’s team – that Andres Iniesta doesn’t get injured.
Transfer speculation is the only thing that can fill the gaps. On Wednesday it was revealed Barcelona thought Kylian Mbappé was decent.
By Thursday someone had asked Florentino Perez if he wants to sign him enough times to provoke the underwhelming answer: “Everything is possible in life. But we don’t talk about players who don’t belong to Madrid.”
However, there do look to be two players in the current Spain squad who will be definitely moving this summer. Both have outgrown their surroundings.
Vitolo Machín and Alvaro Morata will represent Spain this evening against Israel as Sevilla and Real Madrid players.
But when La Roja plays its next competitive fixture on June 11 the pair will be ‘going-going’ and they will be long ‘gone’ by the time they face Italy on September 2.
The Premier League beckons for Morata. He was close to a Chelsea move last summer but wanted to give the marriage to Madrid one more chance. It has not worked out.
His goals-per-minutes ratio is as good as anyone else in La Liga but Karim Benzema remains the apple of president Florentino Perez’s eye and Cristiano Ronaldo has edged closer to finishing his career as a centre-forward and those two factors have left little room for a player who is adored by Antonio Conte, the coach he will most likely be playing for next season.
Real Madrid want Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois. They might not get them both but they are ready to try to and Morata will be used towards that end.
Vitolo was linked with Barcelona this week. They want a winger and he has been the Spanish League’s finest this season.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Alvaro Morata has outgrown his surroundings, expect him at Chelsea next season