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Juventus and Atletico Madrid plotting striker-for-striker swap deal



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In just over 20 days’ time, Alvaro Morata will return as a Rojiblanco to the Wanda Metropolitano. The Spanish striker is at the tail end of his two-year loan spell in Italy and his future is still uncertain.

Atletico Madrid require reinforcements in the final third heading into next season and are trying to work out formulae to use Morata as a bargaining chip.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Real Madrid and Juventus are holding talks over a possible Alvaro Morata-Moise Kean exchange deal in the summer.

The negotiations seem to be progressing in the right direction so far. However, Simeone’s approval is still missing.

Since his move to Juventus in 2020, the forward has scored 20 goals and provided 16 assists in Serie A. Of this, nine goals and seven assists came in the recent 2021-22 season.

The one factor that could work against the deal is Juventus’ recent incorporation of Dusan Vlahovic. Since his signing for the Bianconeri, the Serbian has scored eight goals and has drastically cut Morata’s minutes on the field.

If the deal goes through, Moise Kean would don the red-and-white colours next season. The 22-year-old started 12 games for Juventus this season, scoring five goals and providing one assist.

While Kean is still an Everton player and on loan at Juventus, the Italians have an obligation to buy him in the summer. That said, they could look to incorporate him in the said swap deal.

A lot will depend on Diego Simeone’s stance on the operation. However, since the manager does not count on Morata in his plans, bringing in the Italian as a replacement could be good insurance for their striker spot.

Allegri seems to want Morata’s services for a bit longer as well, which could facilitate the deal.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report



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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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