Alvaro Morata on the move, Real Madrid activate buy-back clause

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The summer’s transfer saga got under way with Juventus confirming that Real Madrid have exercised the buy-back clause for Spanish international, Alvaro Morata, 23.

His goal in last night’s surprise 1–2 defeat to Croatia was his third in Euro 2016 and took him joint top of the tournament’s scoring charts with new club-mate Gareth Bale, 26.

Real sold Morata to Juve for €20m in 2014 but have re-signed the player for a set €30m fee. The player’s future, however, is anything but clear.

Speculation has been rife over a possible transfer this summer with Chelsea and Manchester United his preferred destination. Arsenal were interested but turned their attentions to Jamie Vardy, 29, although the deal is in doubt with the Leicester striker said by Arsène Wenger to be more likely to stay with the Premier League champions.

It opens the door for a bidding war for the highly-rated striker. The suspicion is that Real have brought the player back to the Bernabeu with a view to selling him on for a huge profit.

Last season’s Champions League winners are set for an expensive summer with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, 27, and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, high on their shopping list. Recouping some of those fees from Morata’s sale is a high priority for the club whose transfer ban becomes effective in September.

 

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