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Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in talks over a striker-for-striker swap deal

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Alvaro Morata’s senior career has been similar to a bird of passage. The striker has not seen continuity at any of his clubs despite racking up numbers and has played at Real Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus in addition to Atletico Madrid.

The player is currently on loan at Juventus from Diego Simeone’s side, but his future in Italy is uncertain. After the rise of Dusan Vlahovic, the Bianconeri are very far from renewing the Spaniard which could force him to return to Madrid.

According to reports from MARCA, Atletico Madrid have already begun preparations to engineer Morata’s departure from the club.

Los Rojiblancos‘ CEO Gil Marin is said to have met with Barcelona Director Mateu Alemany to work out an operation involving the transfer for the centre forward.

The proposed formula is said to be a swap deal that would see Antoine Griezmann moving permanently to Simeone’s side with Morata playing at Camp Nou.

Though the Frenchman currently dons the red-and-white colours of Madrid, his move to the club has not been completed on a permanent basis.

Atletico’s purchase clause on the forward does not kick in until his second year on loan, and this could be the perfect chance to bring him in for no added fee.

In 34 Serie A games for Juventus this season, Morata has scored eight times and provided six assists. He averages 1.3 key passes per game and has created ten big chances.

With the club eyeing Lautaro Martinez amongst other strikers, selling Morata would go a long way in ensuring a new star signing.

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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Getafe

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Atletico Madrid will be aiming to close the gap to third-placed Real Sociedad in the La Liga standings when they lock horns with Getafe on Saturday evening.

After a harrowing defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Los Rojiblancos returned to winning ways, securing a 1-0 victory over CA Osasuna last weekend.

And Diego Simeone & co. will be aiming to build on that result and cut down the gap to third-placed Sociedad, who are five points clear at this point.

Ahead of the game against Getafe, Simeone has released the Atletico Madrid squad list.

And deadline day signing Matt Doherty makes the cut. The Irish right-back joined from Tottenham Hotspur and could make his debut for the Colchoneros on Saturday evening against the Azulones.

Meanwhile, Stefan Savic is back in the squad after serving out his two-match ban for his sending-off in the game against Barcelona. Another boost for Atletico Madrid sees Marcos Llorente make a comeback after recovering from his injury.

Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa and January signing Memphis Depay make up the attacking options for Atletico Madrid, along with Yannick Carrasco.

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