alvaro morata

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michae Zorc has ruled out any move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, insisting that the Spaniard is too expensive as they continue in their search for a replacement for Pierre-Emerick-Aubameyang.

Aubameyang joined Arsenal in January from Dortmund and the Signal Iduna Park outfit need a replacement for the Gabonese striker. Morata endured a tough first season at Chelsea with just 15 goals in 48 games.

According to Zorc, it will be very difficult for Dortmund to sign the Spaniard from Chelsea after he cost an initial £58 million last summer.

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“I would say that Morata is too expensive – without knowing exact sums,” he told Bild.

He also admitted that the club would have rather kept the Gabonese than search for his replacement.

“Of course, we have candidates in mind,” he said, when asked about replacing the Gabon international.

“But the position of a true centre-forward is currently the most difficult to fill in European football. That’s why we’ve resisted selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a very long time because he guaranteed us goals.

“At the moment I have the impression that the transfer market – not only in the case of strikers – is a bit out of touch with the realities.

“Very high prices are called. We have to act with caution and not do crazy things. Especially as we have players in our squad who also have this position in their portfolio.”