Alvaro Morata is still keen to join Barcelona and has been described as wanting the club to ‘make a statement as soon as possible’ ahead of the summer transfer window.
A proposed switch to Camp Nou fell through in January. Juventus were willing to terminate their loan early if parent club Atletico Madrid could come to an agreement with Barça, but that wasn’t to be and the striker has remained in Turin for the rest of this season.
Despite Juve spending big on Dusan Vlahovic in January, Morata has continued to start games in Serie A and looks set to be heavily involved in the coming weeks and months.
One of the factors that would have made a January switch possible was Juve’s unwillingness to pay a €45m option to make the deal permanent in summer, having already paid €20m for two seasons on loan. SPORT now reports that the Italian giants would be willing to make it permanent, but only if Atletico are prepared to reduce the fee by two thirds to just €15m.
If Atletico do not accept that proposal, Morata would return to Wanda Metropolitano at the end of the season and then be put on the transfer list. That would open the door for Barcelona to resurrect their interest, while Arsenal have also been linked with taking him back to London.
SPORT adds that Morata’s preference is to be playing in Spain next season, which would rule out returning to the Premier League where he previously struggled with Chelsea. It could also throw a spanner in Juve’s plans even they can agree a deal with Atletico.
Heading to Barcelona is described as the player’s ‘absolute priority'. But he is aware of the club’s pursuit of Erling Haaland and will stay in touch with Xavi ahead of the summer.