Serie A champions Juventus have reportedly opened up talks and negotiations regarding a move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.
Just after joining Chelsea for a record transfer deal of £58 million from La Liga giants Real Madrid last summer, Spanish striker Alvaro Morata is set to depart the club. The 25-year-old has endured a frustrating debut campaign with the Blues and is pushing for a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.
Despite having an impressive start to his life at Chelsea, Morata suffered a massive setback with his back injury and lost his goal-scoring momentum when he returned to action. Morata scored 13 goals for Chelsea this season and chipped in with six assists but overall went through an underwhelming goal drought for most of the term including missing some simple chances in front of goal.
Morata fell further down the pecking order when French centre-forward Olivier Giroud made the switch from North London giants Arsenal to West London in the January transfer window. But Morata is likely to play his last game for Chelsea against Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday at Wembley.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus are eyeing a swoop for the Spaniard this window and have already begun talks with Morata’s representatives. Morata spent two seasons with Juventus prior to returning at the Santiago Bernabeu and arguably played the best football in his career at Turin because of regular game time winning all the domestic trophies with the Italian club.
Morata is currently valued at around £50 million by Chelsea but Juventus are likely to sign him on loan before making the move permanent next season to save up on transfer fees. With Mario Mandzukic likely to leave the Old Lady this summer window, Morata would be an ideal replacement for the Croatian international forward.
It does make sense for Morata to leave Stamford Bridge is he is not performing well but I would have expected him to stay and fight for his spot at the club. But I think Morata feels at home in Turin and it would be better for both parties if a deal is negotiated.