Juventus to Move On from Morata at Least Temporarily

As it had become apparent for a while, Juventus will not activate their option to buy Alvaro Morata. He will head back to Atletico Madrid at the end season. He is not in Diego Simeone’s plans and will look for a new home in the summer. The Bianconeri will attempt to bring him back later on depending on his future price tag, Sky and Marca inform.

The Old Lady paid €20M to have him on loan for the last two seasons. They would have had to pay €35M more to acquire him permanently. They tried to negotiate it down with the Colchoneros but to no avail. The Spanish striker will return in Madrid and wait for further developments.

He has just one more season left on his deal with Atleti, which will sell him to the highest bidders. Arsenal and especially Barcelona have set their sights on Morata, and Juventus will remain in the mix until he joins another team. The Blaugrana already came close to landing him in January. The Bianconeri are willing to spend at most €15-20M; therefore, it will depend on what the other sides put on the table.

The Bianconeri have begun looking for a backup striker. They are eyeing Luis Muriel and Marko Arnautovic for such role, Alfredo Pedullà informs. Bologna will allow the Austrian center-forward to depart if he demands it, especially if a top team comes calling. Juventus might have to replace both Morata and Moise Kean in the upcoming transfer market window.