In a strange nuance of the modern game of football, Real Madrid are preparing to exercise the buy back clause of their former striker, Alvaro Morata, before potentially selling him on again at a higher price.
The Daily Mail reports:
Real Madrid are set to exercise their buy-back clause in Alvaro Morata’s contract to sign him this summer, according to Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta.
‘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.
While you don’t need to know your Moratas from your Marottas on this one the important thing is that Real Madrid look set to bring him back to El Bernabeu. But the report suggests that clubs such as Arsenal and Chelsea are interested and that there is a good chance he will move on again for a fee much higher than the £23m buy back clause.
Morata has been a consistent performer in Italy and has been leading the line for Spain at EURO 2016. So is there a possibility that he will stay at Real Madrid instead of coming to The Premier League with Chelsea or Arsenal?
Karim Benzema may have lost a little of his sparkle and Morata would appear to be an excellent like for like replacement.
But Real Madrid never seem to be that keen on the number 9, perhaps because he doesn’t possess the sort of pace to terrorise defences.
But at just 23 the 6ft 2in striker has much to offer. He’s a good finisher and and intelligent football player who tends to score goals in big games.
But his strike rate is less than prolific – he’s hit 27 in 93 for Juventus and a creditable 5 in 11 for Spain.
So his future is very much up in the air. But if Real Madrid don’t want him there will be plenty of interest in his signature beyond Chelsea and Arsenal.