Juventus are keen on re-signing Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid. Transfer expert Gianluca di Marzio reports on social media that the Italians have opened talks with Atletico as they hope to lure the Spanish striker back to the club he served on a stint between 2014 and 2016. The transfer of Morata could kick-start a transfer frenzy on strikers.
Juventus have been linked with a new striker this summer and several names have passed by. Arek Milik was the first name to pop-up on the club’s radar but after Juve sacked Maurizio Sarri their interest in Milik cooled. Edin Dzeko was the second name to have been linked with Juventus as AS Roma now looked to be the leading candidates to sign Milik from Napoli.
Dzeko would then be put in the window by Roma and that interested Juventus. However, then Luis Suarez looked to become available for a transfer. The 33-year-old Uruguayan is allowed to leave FC Barcelona this summer and could have joined Juventus for a bargain deal under €15m. Though now it seems unlikely that Suarez will be joining Juventus as the striker is having troubles completing the process for obtaining an Italian passport.
It then appeared as if a move for Dzeko was back on track for Juventus but Di Marzio now reports that Morata has re-appeared on Juve’s radar. New boss Andrea Pirlo played alongside the former Real Madrid striker in Turin and he has requested his board to make a move for him. Morata will become the stand-in of Paulo Dybala as he will increase Pirlo’s options in attack.
If Morata signs for Juventus, Atletico Madrid will not have to sell Diego Costa anymore to make it possible to sign Suarez from Barcelona. The Spanish club have emerged as the leading candidates to sign Suarez from Barcelona but have to free up space in their wage budget to sign the Uruguayan. With Morata possibly on his way to Juventus, Atletico have the needed space in their budget to complete a move for Suarez.