Juventus sign Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata on loan

The Spaniard has returned to his second spell at Turin.

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Juventus have completed the signing of Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan. 

The Bianconeri can extend the loan spell for another or even buy him permanently for a reported fee of €45m. Morata will cost around €10m for his initial loan deal.

Juve have been in the lookout for a new striker, even stressed by Andrea Pirlo. Luis Suarez turned out to be the ideal candidate to take up the striker role before the move fell through. While Edin Dzeko was touted as the alternative for Suarez, Morata’s signing has now come like a bolt from the blue.

The 27-year-old is well known amongst the Bianconeri as he played for them – alongside Pirlo – between 2014 and 16. In these two seasons, The Spaniard became a force to reckon, helping Juve to reach the UCL finals in the latter one. Ever since he left Turin, his career has taken an unexpected hit, failing to make his impact with the clubs he played.

Firstly Real Madrid and then his torrid time at Chelsea, where he was put under scrutiny a lot. However, Atletico Madrid gave him the chance to find his form, and he had done a decent job with them. Initially signing on loan, Colchoneros decided to buy him permanently last summer. His best moment with the Rojiblancos was his goal as a super sub at Anfield against Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16, where Diego Simeone’s side came out as winners.

Furthermore, Atletico are poised to sign Barca striker Suarez as a replacement for Morata.

A statement in Juventus’ website read,

“There’s nothing more exciting than a homecoming and the return of Alvaro Morata to Turin is a beautiful one at that!

“Alvaro Morata had only spent two years at Juventus before Real Madrid recalled him to the Spanish capital. However, a lot can happen in two years and Alvaro certainly left an album of memories, filled with many spectacular moments: goals, celebrations, victories and trophies!

“Memory albums are there to be opened, to reminisce upon old moments, but also to add new ones and we can’t wait to create many more memories, together once more!”

Morata’s addition clearly comes with the backing of new manager Pirlo, whom he had previously played alongside. 

Morata would offer depth in the attack, and it will be interesting to see how he would link up with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala.

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