Real Madrid will have a team full of club legends and former players making their way to Turin in June 2 to take part in the UNESCO Cup at Juventus Stadium. Based on news coming out of Spain on Saturday, they might not be the only Real Madrid player arriving in Turin this summer.
According to Spanish daily AS, Real Madrid striker Álvaro Morata has agreed to personal terms with Juventus on a potential loan move to Turin this summer. The one thing holding it up? Juve still have to negotiate the details of the loan deal with Real Madrid — something that could be sticking point in Morata possibly coming to Turin or not.
Here's what AS had to say about the matter:
Álvaro Morata is on the verge of a move to Juventus. AS has learnt that the Real Madrid forward has reached an agreement with the Serie A champions, but the two clubs are yet to agree on a deal.
The main stumbling block is thought to be Madrid's insistence on a buy-back clause, and the fee that would activate said clause. It is rumoured that Arsenal and Manchester United were keen on the young forward, but withdrew their interest when learning of Real Madrid's insistence on the buy-back option.
Earlier in the day on Saturday, Gianluca Di Marzio had a lengthy piece on the Morata-Juventus situation. The 21-year-old Spaniard, who played in all of 23 La Liga games (just three starts) this past season for the European champions, has been also the reported interest of a couple of clubs in the English Premier League.
In short, this is why Morata has pulled the trigger on a move to England for a pretty simple reason.
Morata didn't sign with Arsenal because he wants to join Juventus.
He would willingly stay at Real Madrid, but that he knows he will have limited playing time. Maybe the management will gift Ancelotti another striker after winning the Champions League, Suarez is the target. Morata has made a decision: if he leaves, Juventus is his first option.
The contacts was positive, Juventus' work was profitable: the Spanish striker prefers Turin to London, both Arsenal and Tottenham are after him. Alvaro thinks that he has fewer chances to win there. Now it is up to the managements to find a solution, the right figures and the right formula: they will meet on Monday and discuss the future of the striker.
Okay, one more rather important detail.
Conte strongly likes him as he can play in all the roles in the attack.
Well, if Antonio signs off on a potential Morata arrival, then who am I to argue with him?
Juventus' interest in Morata is no secret. But the reported progress that Di Marzio has been talking about for the last couple of days is something new. Earlier in the week, he floated out there that Juve and Real Madrid will discuss the potential of Morata making his way to Turin next season when the Real Madrid legends come to town for the UNESCO Cup.
Pretty convenient, I'd say. Way to kill two birds with one stone, Beppe.