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Real Madrid Transfer News: Alvaro Morata Clause Activated, Latest Rumours

Juventus forward Alvaro Morata celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match against Chievo Verona, at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2016

Real Madrid will reportedly take Alvaro Morata back to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer after activating the €32 million (£25 million) buy-back clause in his Juventus contract. However, Casemiro is looking to leave Los Merengues.

Football Espana sourced a report from Spanish newspaper Marca, which claimed Real Madrid will re-sign their former striker—but only so they can sell him on to another party in the same transfer window for €50 million (£38.4 million).

Morata has seen limited chances at Juventus this season.
Morata has seen limited chances at Juventus this season.Alessandro Di Marco/Associated Press

It's highly unlikely Morata would be able to force his way into an attack that already includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.

According to Andrew Gaffney of Yahoo, Manchester United and Liverpool are the two Premier League outfits interested in a move for the Bianconeri forward, who is surrounded by competition at Juventus:

Real Madrid stand to make a quick €18 million (£13.8 million) profit on Morata if they can find a buyer at the €50 million valuation they're supposedly ready to place on his signature.

Morata has scored seven goals in 30 appearances this season, but his involvement at the Old Lady has declined since Paulo Dybala arrived from Palermo over the summer.

Along with Mario Mandzukic and Simone Zaza, Morata has a string of competition for a place in Massimiliano Allegri's setup, and rather than stay and compete, he may fancy his chances elsewhere.

However, Gianluca Di Marzio translator David Amoyal recently made the point that Morata ultimately has the final say in any deal, meaning he doesn't have to rejoin Real should he wish not to:

The six-times capped Spain striker has played the full 90 minutes on just four occasions for Juventus this season, and only one of those outings has come in Serie A competition.

Los Merengues may get their hands back on Morata, but one young gun looking to leave their ranks is Brazilian Casemiro. That's according to Spanish website Fichajes, which claimed Casemiro has grown disillusioned with his chances in Madrid (h/t Goal).

Casemiro has fallen down Zidane's pecking order.
Casemiro has fallen down Zidane's pecking order.Lalo R. Villar/Associated Press

Casemiro was brought back to Real Madrid last summer after spending a very successful campaign at Porto, extending his contract with Los Blancos until 2021 when returning to the Bernabeu.

Manager Zinedine Zidane allegedly isn't willing to offer the same assurances predecessor Rafa Benitez could, meaning Casemiro, 23, could be forced to look elsewhere after starting just seven La Liga games this season.   

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