Morata returns to Juventus on loan from Atletico Madrid with € 45m purchase option
The Spain striker is heading to a second stay in Turin for a first 12-month contract, with the possibility of a second season and a permanent move.
Alvaro Morata is back at Juventus on a first 12-month loan deal with Atletico Madrid.
The Spain international striker traveled to Turin for a second stint with the Serie A champions, with the possibility of a second season on loan after the 2020-21 campaign.
As part of the deal, Juventus will pay an upfront fee of € 10million (£ 9million / $ 11million) for the season and an additional € 10million if they wish to keep Morata for another year, while there is € 45million (£ 40million / $ 52m) option included to make the transfer permanent after the first season.
If Juve decide to extend the loan for a second year but then wish to sign Morata permanently, they will have to pay Atletico € 35m (£ 32m / $ 40m) – meaning that any permanent transfer of the striker will cost Andrea Pirlo’s side € 55million (£ 50million / $ 65million) in total.
Morata was part of Juventus’ attack in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, scoring 27 goals in total and helping them reach the Champions League final in his debut campaign before joining Real Madrid .
He won five trophies in his first two seasons with Juve – two Serie A titles, twice Coppa Italia and an Italian Super Cup. His last game of his first spell was the 2016 Italian Cup final, where he scored the game-winning goal against AC Milan.
Juventus statement on his club’s website announcing the transfer said: “There is nothing more exciting than a homecoming and Alvaro Morata’s return to Turin is magnificent!
“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!
“Memories are here to be opened, to remember old times, but also to add new ones and we can’t wait to make many more memories together once again!”
After leaving Juve, Morata returned to Real Madrid for a season before joining Chelsea and later Atletico, where he scored 12 La Liga goals in 34 appearances last season.
Gonzalo Higuain having left to join Inter Miami, Juve had been linked with Luis Suarez of Barcelona and Edin Dzeko of Roma. Juventus reached agreement to sign Dzeko, but that deal was complicated by Roma’s desire to sign Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik as a replacement.
Instead, Pirlo will once again welcome his former teammate Morata as the forward returns to familiar surroundings during his much-traveled career.