They’re sneaky, aren’t they?
If a big club sells a young player that they feel has a chance of becoming good, they can just re-sign them at a cut price in the future.
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It’s effectively a loan spell with the player returning if he’s doing well.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are particularly good at doing this and it appears that Madrid could be re-signing one of their former players this summer.
That’s because Sky Sports are reporting Zinedine Zidane’s side are willing to pay Alvaro Morata’s buy-out clause at the end of the season.
The Spanish international graduated from Madrid’s academy but joined Juventus in 2014 for £16 million.
Morata has a buy-out clause of £24 million and it’s believed that Los Blancos are willing to pay that.
Recently, the Juve star admitted that there was uncertainty surrounding his future.
"I would like to know where I will play next year," he said, per ESPN. "My future doesn't depend on me.
"I'm happy at Juve but it doesn't depend on me. I don't even know where I can buy a house. To go to Madrid is a real possibility - the contract and the documents say so."
Juve's director general isn't happy
While Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta added:
"The right to buy Morata back, which Real Madrid have, is the 'sword of Damocles' hanging over our heads," he said.
"We're suffering as a result, but that's the way it is.”
Marotta continued: “First of all there has to be an agreement between Real Madrid and Juventus. The only thing I will say is that we bought a promising young player who has turned into the real deal and we are very proud to have him here at our club.
"We will discuss Morata's future with Madrid in the near future. If possible, we would like him to stay here with us,” he concluded.
Morata came back to haunt Madrid
The Spanish club will be wishing they never sold Morata in the first place.
The 23-year-old has impressed in Italy and has scored 25 goals since arriving at the Old Lady. He also scored in both legs of last season’s Champions League semi-final when Juventus knocked Madrid out to progress to the final.
But, just because Morata is returning to Madrid, it doesn’t mean he will remain there.
The club may be tempted to sell the striker on for profit with Arsenal heavily linked with him.
In fact, earlier this month, Spanish newspaper AS reported that this scenario could happen with Madrid keen to immediately offload Morata for around £40 million.
However, if Madrid are willing to sell Morata straight away there is likely to be plenty of clubs interested.
And Madrid could use the forward as a makeweight in a potential deal with Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon international has spoken publicly about his dream to play for the Bernabeu club and Madrid may be able to persuade the German club to sell by offering them Morata in return.