BARCELONA supervisor Ernesto Valverde confirmed he tried to signal Alvaro Morata in January as a “second striker”.
As an alternative the Spaniard, 26, joined Atletico Madrid on mortgage from Chelsea – who ditched the ex-Juventus man to be able to recruit Gonzalo Higuain.
Talking forward of Barcelona’s Nou Camp conflict with Atletico, Valverde revealed he needed to signal Morata to supply again up for Luis Suarez – however as an alternative introduced in Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Valverde mentioned: “It’s true there have been conversations with him but additionally with different gamers. He signed for Atletico Madrid, he’s enjoying within the beginning 11. Good.
“Right here he was purported to be the second striker, a unique function than he has with Atletico. Each participant should take into consideration what he desires.
“Generally there are simply meaningless conversations. We lastly signed Kevin-Prince. We hope he may also help us.”
Morata’s resolution to affix Atletico looking for common soccer as an alternative of offering backup for Barca has afforded him eight La Liga appearances scoring 4 targets.
Whereas Boateng has appeared simply twice for Barcelona – as soon as within the league and within the cup.
La Liga champions Barca prepared the ground on 70 factors, with Atletico coaching in second eight factors adrift.
Whereas Morata has discovered a brand new lease of life in Madrid, ending his rocky two seasons in London, his alternative Higuain has suffered an identical inconsistent scoring run.
The Argentine, 31, has netted simply 3 times in 11 appearances for the Blues, regardless of exhibiting positivity off the ball, discovering the again of the online has not been as simple.