And so it begins. At least we think it's beginning.
The end of the season has no turned our full attention to Morata Watch. And the first sign that Morata Watch is going from just one thing to talk about to the thing to talk about is what we heard on Monday. That involves reports from both Spanish radio station Cadena SER and one of Spain's top sports dailies, AS, that Alvaro Morata's agent is in Madrid to hold talks with the club that Juventus bought him from two summers ago.
Yes, it's time for a whole lot of buyback clause drama, everybody. This is what AS has to say about it all:
Real Madrid's idea in principle is to exercise that option to buy Morata, but then to sell him on to the highest bidder. The cost of bringing Morata back to the Bernabéu will be 30 million euros, but the club are confident they can double that figure when selling him on. Morata moved to Turin two summers ago for a fee of 20 million euros.
If that is the case, Morata is keen on a move to the Premier League, where Arsenal have emerged as the main suitor for the Spain international's services. Reports suggest Arséne Wenger is extremely eager to add Morata to his squad and that the Emirates board have sanctioned a move for the striker, although there will be plenty of other clubs interested.
At this point, the odds of Morata staying in Turin beyond the recently completed season look rather, hmmm, slim. Real clearly see an opportunity to cash in on an asset that they clearly don't see much need for at the club. And while a lot of us want Morata to stay in bianconero for many years to come, then maybe we shouldn't be getting our hopes up with the way that things are sounding right now.
As Lucas over at Managing Madrid said a few days ago, "Real want to cash in some money."
I'll say exactly what I said on Twitter on Sunday when that interestingly-timed "Adios Amigo" Instagram photo that may or may not be photoshopped popped up: It just sucks. Morata wants to stay, Juve wants him to stay. All Real Madrid wants is the money they'll make off selling him this summer.
Yeah, this sucks. I've come to the realization that this whole situation sucks and that buyback clauses tend to be nothing but a bunch of trouble. Hopefully, for everybody's sake, no matter what happens, this doesn't drag on for weeks and weeks and weeks. That won't help anybody — especially Juventus who, at this point, are probably going to need to find a striker to replace Morata.