Juventus push for Morata

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Reports continue to grow that Juventus are looking to bring Alvaro Morata back from Chelsea, on loan with an obligation to buy.

The striker spent two seasons with the Bianconeri, but Real Madrid activated their buyback clause in the summer of 2016.

The Spanish international was then sold to Chelsea, but it has been reported in recent days that he could return to Turin, after struggling to settle in England.

This morning’s Gazzetta dello Sport reports that that talks with Morata’s entourage have been ongoing for weeks, with he player keen to go back to Juve.

The Blues haven’t qualified for the Champions League, and it’s thought that could help the Bianconeri in their pursuit of their former player.

However, given that their total outlay on Morata was around €75m, Chelsea will not sell him for less than €60m.

Juve are planning an expensive loan, with an obligation to buy for around €50m, which would be payable in instalments.

It will be difficult to convince the English club to do a deal, but the player’s determination to return could prove crucial.

The Old Lady is also targeting Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian, while they also want a goalkeeper to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny.

Federico Marchetti of Lazio and Genoa’s Mattia Perin are the top targets, with Gianluigi Buffon expected to announce his retirement this week.

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