Alvaro Morata is on the cusp of joining Juventus for €22 million, according to reports in Spain. The Real Madrid youngster, who has struggled to consistently make an impact at the Bernabeu, will head to Serie A with a buyback clause installed in his contract, as revealed by Marca:
As soon as Morata announced his desire to try his luck elsewhere, 'Los Blancos' said they wouldn't stand in the Bernabéu youth product's way. However, the club's higher-ups were reluctant to completely cut their ties with the local lad, so Juventus have agreed to insert a buy-back clause into the deal.
Morata's four-year deal will be completed over the "next couple of days," which will see the 21-year-old complete a medical and agree personal terms, as noted by Marca. This will allow Morata to link up with Antonio Conte's Italian champions in time for pre-season training to begin on Monday, signalling a new era to help maintain the forward's development.
Many of the world's most established strikers would fail to oust Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema from Los Blancos' first team, so Morata's move makes total sense. Having made just four starts throughout the 2013-14 La Liga and Champions League campaigns, as per WhoScored.com, it's easy to understand why now is the right time to move on.
Things continue to progress in the Spanish capital, where Real are currently planning to unveil Toni Kroos. J.L. Calderon of Marca has the details:
Kroos will be swapping his Bayern shirt for a Real Madrid one after all. And we won't have to wait too long to see him do it, either, as Real is already busy organising his presentation ceremony. The event will take place next week, after the German international has returned from Brazil. He will be the first of (Carlo) Ancelotti's new recruits.
Madrid are also linked with moves for Monaco's James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, as per Charlie Scott of the Daily Mail. Kroos is expected to slot straight into the European champions' midfield and could replace the potentially outgoing Angel Di Maria or Sami Khedira, as noted by Paul Handler of the Manchester Evening News.
Kroos netted a brace during Germany's stunning 7-1 victory over Brazil in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final. He remained a key component of Bayern Munich's success throughout last season and continues to flaunt his quality at the aforementioned tournament.
Upon hearing his countryman is set to become a Galactico, German legend Lothar Matthaus said: "Congratulations to Real Madrid, they've got themselves a genius there," as per Juan Castro of Marca.
Kroos' arrival and Morata's exit highlights how Carlo Ancelotti's team are seeking fully developed products to follow up last season's La Decima triumph.
Even so, with a buyback clause inserted, there's no reason why Morata cannot return to his boyhood club as the finished article in a few years' time.