Juventus striker Álvaro Morata is set to be a wanted man this summer.
Due to the presence of a €30m buy back clause between the Italian giants and Juventus and Real Madrid as part of his 2014 transfer, Real always had refusal on the Spanish international should they want to bring him back to the Bernábeu.
Morata signed for Juve for €20m two years ago, and in that time he has scored 26 goals in 91 games in all competitions, winning two league titles with the club as well as reaching the 2015 Champions League final.
His eye-catching form since arriving at Juve has not gone unnoticed by Real – especially when he played a massive part in knocking them out of the Champions League last year – but rather than keep him themselves, they plan to flip him for a profit like a renovated house.
The Guardian are today reporting that Real plan to activate the clause in the coming weeks, before selling him on for somewhere in the region of €50million soon after.
While the player himself has been rather ambiguous in public about his future plans – understandable given the large amount of uncertainty which clouds almost every part of this deal – the report makes the claim that his preference would be to move to Manchester United.
The Old Trafford club are expected to announce the arrival of José Mourinho sooner rather than later, and Morata is reported to be interested in once again working with the manager who gave him his first team debut – a league match for Real Madrid against Real Zaragoza in 2010.
Morata clearly still feels he owes Mourinho a great deal of gratitude since that moment, saying in March 2015:
“Mourinho could have chosen some other player but he chose me and I’ll be grateful to him for the rest of my life.”
A reunion with Mourinho could well be on the cards if and when Mourinho takes charge at Man Utd – though should the move for the Portuguese manager fall through, where that would leave a move for Morata is anyone’s guess.
Not that he will not be short of offers. The Guardian report goes on to state that Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are also very much interested in the 23 year old, while new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte (who actually brought Morata to Juventus in the first place) is keeping tabs on the situation, though the uncertainty surrounding Diego Costa’s future and Chelsea’s interest in Gonzalo Higuaín makes that situation more complicated.
Napoli, Leicester, AC Milan and Inter are all also said to be interested in the forward. Real Madrid, however, apparently have no interest in keeping him once they have bought him back.
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