Atletico Madrid’s option to buy the striker Alvaro Morata outright at the end of the season will not be exercised by the Bianconeri.
Barcelona has reached an agreement with Alvaro Morata to bring the Spaniard to Camp Nou, but both parties must wait for Juventus to find a replacement for the Spain striker before the transfer can be completed and he can leave Turin.
The striker’s time in Italy is coming to an end, with Juve already indicating that they will not exercise their right to buy him outright from parent club Atletico Madrid for €35 million (£29m/$40m) at the end of the season.
The Blaugrana have moved to secure his return to La Liga from Serie A, and have now effectively agreed terms on an 18-month contract with the attacker – but no deal will be finalized until the Bianconeri have found a replacement at Allianz Stadium.
What is the current state of affairs?
Members of the Barcelona hierarchy have been in contact with Morata’s representatives in recent weeks. This is to gauge interest in a return to his homeland, after he was loaned to Juventus last year.
Having taken over as manager from Ronald Koeman, Xavi is looking to correct the club’s season. With the Blaugrana – like Juve – stuck in a rut. And a traditional striker seen as an important part of that transition.
Now, it appears that the Catalan club is almost there, but there are still some issues to work out. Including obtaining permission from both the Old Lady and Morata’s parent club, Atletico Madrid. With whom he has a contract until 2020.
Will Juventus accept the offer?
So far, the Bianconeri have remained relatively uncommitted to the deal. Despite reports that they were offered Memphis Depay in part-exchange early on. With the main issue remaining the identification of a replacement for Alvaro Morata.
Barca would also need to reach an agreement with Diego Simeone’s side before relocating to Camp Nou.
As a result, even if personal terms are almost certain, the complications present a barrier to any potential deal being struck between the three clubs before the end of the January transfer window.