Former Real Madrid and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has signed a one-year loan deal to return to Juventus after serving the previous two seasons at Atletico Madrid. In order to land Morata, the reigning Serie A league champions will send 10 million euros to Diego Simeone’s club for the single season, but they will also have the option to keep the Spanish striker if they spend another 45 million down the road. That subsequent deal would last another three seasons.

This move could serve as a massive coup for the struggling Morata, who has been largely inconsistent over the past few years. The Real Madrid youth academy graduate may have started his career at Real, but he truly exploded onto the scene first with Juventus from 2014 to 2016 and later with Real Madrid during the 2016-17 season. However, his subsequent runs with Chelsea and Atleti greatly diminished his stature in Europe. Many Premier League fans will remember his rough time at Stamford Bridge, where he scored only 24 goals over 72 appearances after joining from Real for 60 million pounds. He did somewhat better at Atletico, but his 22 goals in 61 games was still disappointing.

New Juve coach Andrea Pirlo, who played with the 27-year-old for one season, will hope that the Morata he competed with will be the Morata he coaches from the sideline.

This move will also give Morata the opportunity to suit up next to Cristiano Ronaldo once again. The pair worked together at Real Madrid from 2010-14 and later when Morata returned in 2016-17, and they had a fruitful relationship. During their time at the Bernabeu, they won two league titles, two Copa del Reys, two Champions Leagues, a Super Cup, and a Club World Cup. It should be interesting to see if Morata and Ronaldo will link up as well once again, especially with Juve attempting to win their first Champions League since 1996.

Before announcing Morata’s arrival, Juventus were also looking into signing either Roma striker Edin Dzeko or Barcelona castaway Luis Suarez. Speaking of Suarez, he is close to replacing Morata as Atletico Madrid’s new number nine. We will cover that potential move when it crosses the line.


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