Alvaro Morata
Liverpool to sign Alvaro Morata this summer? Reuters

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is believed to be targeting highly-rated Spanish striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid. According to Metro, Liverpool are looking to make the Spain Under-21 international their fifth signing of the summer.

Metro suggests that £6 million pounds should be a sufficient fee to tempt Madrid into selling. Morata has previously revealed his desire to leave Madrid should his development be hampered by a lack of first-team opportunities.

"It depends on the circumstances whether I will stay at Madrid's first team. If another striker is brought in, I will have to think about what's best for me and consider leaving the club," Morata told Cadena Ser earlier this week.  

"I will talk to the coach once we have a new trainer and we will then see what happens," he added. "If I were to leave Madrid, I would prefer a move abroad."

Morata is believed to have met new Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti over his first-team prospects next season. The striker has failed to get any definitive assurances over playing time, possibly prompting a move to England.

Morata impressed in last month's UEFA Under-21 European Championships, his four goals helping Spain to lift trophy. The player was top scorer in the tournament. Under Jose Mourinho, he made 15 appearances for Real Madrid last season, scoring two goals.

Signing Morata would fit in Liverpool's transfer policy of buying young players with re-sale value. It would also bolster the Spanish contingent in the squad following the capture of Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto this summer. With Rodgers looking to implement a playing style based on passing and movement, Spanish players, considering Spain play a similar system, will be well suited to quickly learn his ideas.  

The 20 year-old is under contract with the Spanish giants until 2015. 

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