Real Madrid have announced they have re-signed Juventus striker Alvaro Morata.
The 23-year-ld Morata left Madrid for Juventus for £15.8m in 2014 but was heavily linked with a return throughout last season.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have exercised the £23m buyback clause that was inserted into the deal that took the Spain international to Italy two years ago and they are now expected to sell the striker on for a huge profit.
Morata has impressed at Euro 2016, scoring twice in Spain’s last tie against Turkey, and Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta seemed to confirm he would be departing Turin this summer.
‘Real Madrid have informed us of their intention to exercise the right to buy back [Morata], we are just waiting for a written offer,’ Marotta said, as reported by Goal.com.
‘Only then will we see how to proceed, but at the moment the possibility of Morata staying are slim.
‘He will leave Turin and return to Spain.’
While it would only cost Real around £23 million (€32m) to sign him, courtesy of the buy-back clause, according to MARCA the European champions have put a €75 million price tag on the Spanish international.
With Antoine Griezmann expected to stay at Atletico Madrid and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang expected to stay at Dortmund, there is a distinct last of high-quality strikers available this summer. That, combined with Premier League clubs bursting wallets due to their new TV deal, means that someone will end up overpaying for Morata.
At least that is the gamble that Real are taking. Because the worst case scenario at the Bernabéu is that nobody bites on overpaying for Morata, who is forced to play back-up to Benzema for the next two seasons due to the impending transfer ban. A situation that Morata has already stated he would not be happy in.