Juventus 'confirm' Chelsea and Arsenal Alvaro Morata target will return to Real Madrid
Published 22/06/2016 | 09:12
Juventus have confirmed that Alvaro Morata will return to Real Madrid this summer, after the European champions triggered a buy-back clause in the player’s contract.
The Evening Standard reports that Morata will re-join Madrid, where he left in the summer of 2014, for a fee of £23m. When he departed for Juve, a clause was inserted into the contract allowing Real to buy him back at a later date.
Madrid are expected to make a tidy profit by putting Morata straight up for sale for a fee of around £40m.
The news was expected by English suitors Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, who have all been linked with a move for the Spaniard this summer.
Conditions in the clause meant that Madrid were obliged to activate it no later than July, or else wait a further two years. Madrid will now hope to spark a bidding war between the Premier League clubs.
Morata’s departure will be a blow to Juventus, where he had become an integral part of the team over the past two seasons, netting 27 goals.
Giuseppe Marotta, Juventus’ director general said: “Real Madrid have informed us of their intention and we expect the paperwork to be concluded in a matter of days.”
Morata has starred so far in Euro 2016, scoring twice in Spain’s 3-0 win over Turkey.
Independent News Service