In an official statement issued by Real Madrid, it has been confirmed that Arsenal and Chelsea target Alvaro Morata will return to his former club after the Los Blancos exercised a buy-back clause included in the deal that sealed his move to Juventus in the first place.
Alvaro Morata looks set to return to his boyhood club Real Madrid after the Los Blancos confirmed through an official statement that they had chosen to exercise their buy-back option to bring the striker back to the Spanish capital.
The Spaniard has been in good nick for the national side in the on-going European Championships which seems to have intensified the interest towards the striker. Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea are among those strongly linked with a move for Morata who looks primed for a move away from Turin this summer. He enjoyed an impressive campaign with Juventus where he netted 12 goals and set-up 12 others in 47 appearances across all competitions.
It may not be the sort of return expected off a striker, flocked by many big names in the transfer window, but the 22-year-old has seemingly done enough to mandate the interest he has received through the course of this transfer window so far.
Arsenal and Chelsea fans flocked to twitter to express their thoughts on how the move could affect their pursuit of the Spaniard.
Real Madrid have confirmed that Morata has returned to the club and will take part in pre-season. That deal worked out well for them.
— Dave O’Connell (@DaveOCKOP) June 21, 2016
After selling him for €20m, Real Madrid exercised €30m buyback clause on Alvaro Morata. Juve essentially paid €5m py to help develop him.
— Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) June 21, 2016
Arsenal fans: We will sign Vardy, (Vardy skins them); We will sign Morata (goes to Madrid): Sanogo is back (Wenger gives a thumbs up)
— Ole Teya (@Kevin_teya) June 21, 2016
Arsene wenger should just go for nolito i think morata will be out of reach now #afc
— uwumwonse anthony (@iamtonerry) June 21, 2016
Now that Morata has rejoined Madrid & Vardy has told us to Fucc off. I guess Wenger can settle for Akpom & Sanogo.
— D4M14N (@iMancub) June 21, 2016
Those Morata moves are what @Arsenal need. Time to dust up the cheaque book Monsieur Wenger
— Shiashia (@keithisindu) June 21, 2016
So Morata will face his now former ItalyJuve teammates in the first knockout round.
— BWRAO (@JuventusNation) June 21, 2016
If in the worst case we do end up selling Costa, we best be buying both Lukaku & Morata. Anything else and we’re doomed. #CFC
— Tarun (@SW6Opinion) June 22, 2016
Is Morata going to stay at Real Madrid?
The move in hindsight indicates the desire of the Champions’ League winners to cash in on the interest shown towards Morata in the market, at the moment. However, the past week has had reports that state that Real Madrid would like to keep the 22-year-old at the Spanish capital as an understudy to Karim Benzema instead of selling him to a third party.
Morata has expressed his desire to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu and fight his way up to the first-team. However, with a galaxy of stars already at the club, it is unlikely he would be granted that wish. Moreover, Morata a far improved player than he was when Real sold him, has to think over whether he’d want to spend an important period in his career on the bench for Zinedine Zidane’s side when first team opportunities at big clubs are available on offer for him.
Alvaro Morata returning to Real Madrid. I wonder if he’ll stay there or then be shifted on somewhere else…?
— Spion Klopp (@Jay_78_) June 21, 2016
— ChelsTransfer (@ChelsTransfer) June 12, 2016
Chelsea are keeping a close eye on Morata and will make an offer if Real Madrid decide to sell. Arsenal joined the race, too. [@DiMarzio]
— SB (@Realmadridplace) June 20, 2016
Conte wants Morata to play alongside Costa next season, not as a replacement. #CFC (Times)
— Mourinholic (@Mourinholic) June 22, 2016
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) June 21, 2016