Real Madrid are supposedly preparing to exercise their buy-back clause on their transfer of Alvaro Morata to Juventus. However, in what seems to be a strange deal, the Los Blancos are looking to immediately sell the young striker to Chelsea for a profit, according to Goal.
The ten-time Champions League winners sold Morata to the Old Lady back in 2014 for a fee in the region of £15.8 million. Despite a recent contract extension for the Spanish striker, the clause still remains effective, giving Madrid the chance to bring the striker back to the Bernabeau.
Fortunately for Chelsea, the Spanish giants do not seem to be interested in keeping the young striker at the club, due to the presence of free scoring players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, who are the primary options up-front for the club.
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It is believed that Real are set to make a profit if they proceed with their intention to sell the 23-year-old to the west London club.
However, this complicated deal is unlikely to please all the parties involved.
Morata has proven to be a crucial part of the Juventus team during their last two Serie A winning seasons.
In 2014/2015, despite being lower than Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente in the pecking order, Morata managed to make his mark by scoring eight goals in the league, during which most of his appearances were from the bench.
The 23-year-old managed to score five goals in the Champions League, securing a goal in both legs of the semi-final victory over former club Real Madrid, and one in the final against eventual winners Barcelona.
Despite his promising performances during the previous season, he was forced to play second fiddle to new signings Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic during the current season. Morata still managed to register seven goals in the league after making just a handful of appearances.
The young striker definitely has the potential to become the primary striker for the club and has recently broken into the Spanish national side as well. With Mandzukic moving ever closer to the 30-year-old mark, Morata could be the ideal man to replace the Croatian in the front-two alongside Argentine sensation Dybala.
Despite the Bianconeri's intentions to keep the budding striker, Real seem to be pulling the strings in this matter.
Juventus President Beppe Marotta said: "Some situations, such as Morata's, do not depend on us.
"We want to keep him, but we have to deal with Real Madrid. His intention is to stay here."
Therefore, the Old Lady could well be forced to sell the player to Madrid for a profit of just £7.9 million if the Spanish giants trigger the clause in the agreement, which is bound to hurt the Serie A champions.
The Blues will welcome this opportunity with open arms as they are desperate to add a quality striker to partner Diego Costa next season, especially due to the uncertain futures of Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy at the Bridge.
If signed, Morata will add a breath of fresh air to the club. During the Roman Abramovich era, most of the strikers brought in by Chelsea have been 25-years-old or older.
Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres were both 27-years-old when they joined Chelsea, while Andriy Shevchenko, Nicolas Anelka and Falcao were all 29-years of age at the time they arrived at the Bridge.
In Morata, the Blues would finally have a relatively young striker who can be developed into a formidable goal scorer, able to lead the line at the club for several years.
Due to the presence of fellow Spanish internationals at the club such as Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Cesar Azpillicueta, Morata will not only sync well with those players, but will also have little trouble settling in at the club.
With Conte's preferred choice of playing two strikers up front, Morata would likely partner Costa, which if successfully implemented, could be devastating for opposition defenses.
For the above reasons, Morata's arrival in West London would greatly benefit Chelsea and they should do everything possible to lure the promising striker to the club ahead of other suitors.
While Real do not require the services of Morata in the recent future due to the presence of Ronaldo and Benzema, keeping him at the club could provide them with cover if one of the main strikers happen to get injured or suspended.
In a few years, he could also succeed the current forwards as the primary striker.
On the other hand, the Spanish striker could face absolute obscurity on the bench if not used by the club.
Considering the fact that the Los Blancos are set to make a profit from Morata's sale to Chelsea, it is hard to argue against the club's decision.
Given Madrid's current striker situation, there is no urgent need to reinforce that position, therefore, the Spanish giants could be engaging in a smart and profitable piece of business.
The Spanish international could have minimal say in the matter due to the buy-back clause in the agreement.
Having expressed his intentions to stay in Turin next season, neither Juventus, nor the player, would have too many options if Madrid do decide to exercise the clause.
Morata has grown as a player during his two years at Juventus, scoring important goals both in the league as well as in Europe.
A transfer back to the Bernabeau would possibly subject the Spanish striker to the bench, whereas moving to Chelsea would mean having to adapt to the fast and physical nature of the Premier League as well as missing out on Champions League football next season.
Despite the cons of moving to Stamford Bridge, Morata could prove to be a crucial striker for the Blues, especially due to the new era Antonio Conte is set to usher in.
However, when looked from an overall perspective, Morata's best option is to stay at Juventus where he has already proven his worth and seems be improving.
It is still unclear whether Madrid will go ahead with this unusual transfer, but Chelsea would benefit the most from this deal.
Unfortunately for Morata and Juventus, there is not much they can do if the Spanish giants opt to execute their plan.
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