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Juventus 'confirm' Chelsea and Arsenal Alvaro Morata target will return to Real Madrid

Michael Parsons

Published 22/06/2016 | 09:12

Alvaro Morata
Alvaro Morata

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.

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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.

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