A team that regularly splashes the cash to bring extra special talent from around the world, Real Madrid are always in the market for the very best players. At the same time, they tend not to be afraid to swallow their pride should a player they let go have success elsewhere and with a clause still in his deal, Florentino Perez ought to bring Alvaro Morata back to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 23-year-old is a summer target for Manchester City according to the Manchester Evening News, but his former club should be the ones to step up their interest. It may sound strange to say but they need more attacking options, along with a number of other things in the transfer window, but he could fit back in quickly and will return with heaps of experience under his belt as well.
His performance in the Champions League against Bayern Munich was a showing of real class, maturity and a showcase of all his ability as a centre forward. He was the focal point to Juventus' attack, working as a way the team could quickly get out of any pressure from the Bavarians.
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The Spaniard held the ball up well when it was knocked up to him, using his strength to hold off defenders. Then he used his pace to either run at or attack the space in behind the centre-backs, exposing Bayern's real weakness due to injuries and he was a consistent nightmare throughout.
His hold-up play allowed the Old Lady to move forward, giving the time for Sami Khedira to put in the killer pass that led to the Italian's first goal of the evening. It was then his lung-busting run from almost his own box to the hosts before laying it on a plate for Juan Cuadrado to double their lead.
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Although some would point to the fact that he missed one or two chances to give Juventus an almost unassailable lead, he also had a very good goal wrongly chalked off for offside. It was his enthusiasm, his work-rate to do everything that his team wanted to do that drove the Serie A champions forward and they looked a completely different outfit when he was substituted.
This performance also comes in a game when many had written them off without the likes of Paolo Dybala, Claudio Marchisio and Giorgio Chiellini. They were rightfully big misses but the team's performance, and especially that of Morata, made everyone forget that Juve were lacking some key players.
His stats overall this season aren't spectacular, eight goals and five assists in all competitions, but some of his performances have shown real quality. He seems to relish the big games, an area where Madrid seem to be severely lacking and his workmanlike ability would be much appreciated from the Real faithful.
Some might say that Madrid do not need a striker, but when you look at the options they have, they need an update. There's currently no-one behind Karim Benzema and with his recent issues, he could be someone the club looks to offload if concerns continue to persist around his private life.
Some would say Cristiano Ronaldo could move inside but Morata simply gives you a more natural option. He's at a good age, being Spanish also doesn't hurt and he's a solid link-up player, the kind of thing that the Portuguese man idealises in his supporting cast.
Much like when they brought Dani Carvajal back, it seems like the ideal time for Real Madrid to bite the bullet and bring an old face back. They can get him at a reasonable price, he's a local lad and the fans will be right behind him.
If he can pull out a performance like he did in midweek for Los Blancos, he would be treated like a king. With so many questions for them at the moment, getting a great player and a solid PR move for the fans in one fell swoop seems like an absolute no-brainer.
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