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Atletico Madrid centre-forward no longer a target for Juventus – report

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Alvaro Morata has been nothing short of a rollercoaster. Since moving to Juventus in 2014, Morata has relocated to Real Madrid, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, and back to Juventus in eight years.

His last stint was at Juve last season, playing 35 games in the league during his loan spell. He contributed with nine goals and seven assists.

And while the Spaniard was second fiddle to Dusan Vlahovic for the centre-forward role, Juve were said to be interested in signing him permanently or on another long-term loan spell.

However, according to SkySports (h/t AtletiUniverse), Juventus are ready to drop their pursuit of the striker.

Morata was the subject of a transfer to Barcelona in the winter, as well, but that transfer fell through due to loan and fee complications, the Catalans decided to pursue Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal.

It makes sense for Atletico to retain Morata for next season, especially given their goalscoring exploits – or the lack thereof – during the 2021/22 campaign.

Angel Correa was their top scorer with 12 goals, and is still at the club, but Luis Suarez – with 11 goals – has left for Nacional on a free transfer.

Morata contributed with 12 goals during the 2019/20 season – his last at Atletico – and could be a huge boost for Diego Simeone, especially with Antoine Griezmanna and Joao Felix trying their best to return to peak form.

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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo

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According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.

Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.

Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.

Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.

Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.

However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.

Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.

Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.

It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.

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