With the striker market completely saturated this transfer window, Alvaro Morata is a reliable option on the market. One who can fit the style of various clubs without compromise.
He would be an excellent fit for Atletico Madrid, who are running short on goals, but the rift between him and Diego Simeone is bigger than ever before.
With the Argentine manager unwilling to accommodate him in his plans for the coming season, Atletico must once again look to ship Morata away from Wanda Metropolitano.
According to reports from Di Marzio, members of Juventus’ administration recently met with the striker’s agents. The Bianconeri are looking to bring the player back to Turin and Morata is said to be keen on engineering a return.
The 29-year-old spent the last two years on loan at Juventus, scoring 20 goals and providing 16 assists. In the recent season, he found the back of the net 11 times in 32 appearances.
However, the story of Morata and Juventus does not end there. The forward played for the Italians for two years before his move to Real Madrid in 2016 too.
His contract in Spain runs until the summer of 2024, meaning he has two more years before he is a free agent. It remains to be seen if the two parties work out a permanent transfer or another loan but the former would be the more preferred solution.
If indeed Morata secures a return to Turin, he will have to compete directly with Dusan Vlahovic for a starting role. Nevertheless, the player would undoubtedly prefer a future at Juventus over staying on the sidelines with Los Rojiblancos.
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.