Rumours have emerged touting Juventus striker Alvaro Morata for a return to Real Madrid in a deal that could see Karim Benzema move in the opposite direction. Plus, Los Blancos are reportedly ready to sell midfield misfit Isco this summer.
The Madrid giants are preparing to bring Morata back to the Santiago Bernabeu by triggering the buy-back clause they inserted in the deal that took him to Turin in 2014, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato (h/t Football Italia).
The report added Real could sign their academy graduate for a fee of €30 million (£23.3 million) depending on appearances and goals scored come the end of the season, but the inclusion of Benzema could certainly lower that sum.
Morata impressed as Juventus dropped to a 4-2 defeat against Bayern Munich on Wednesday and fell out of the Champions League, and Yahoo Sport UK's Andrew Gaffney was left bemused by the decision to take the player off:
Although for all the praise Pep deserves, what was Allegri thinking when he took off Morata? Left his side with no outlet. Suicide.— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) March 16, 2016
The 23-year-old has scored eight goals and made eight assists in 39 games for the Bianconeri this season, duelling against the likes of Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Simone Zaza for a place in Massimiliano Allegri's starting XI.
Although Benzema is considered by many as a valuable asset to Los Merengues—including compatriot and manager Zinedine Zidane—readers of Madrid-based newspaper AS voted for Morata to complete a comeback:
As well as having the backing of the Madrid crowd, Morata would also be considered a forward prospect with plenty of shelf life considering he's only now just discovering the true extent of his potential.
However, Real could find themselves competing with a familiar face for his signature after Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher tipped Manchester City manager-to-be Pep Guardiola to make his move for the Spain striker:
I think Morata will be Pep's first signing at Man City!— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 16, 2016
Elsewhere, Real are also said to be preparing for the sale of Isco this summer amid reports the player has a problem with "desire" and will be permitted to head for the Bernabeu exit.
That's according to Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News, who reported Manchester City may finally land their long-term target. Isco has played the full 90 minutes on just nine occasions this season, but Squawka Dave have highlighted him as something of a playmaking terror in European competition:
Isco has completed more final third passes (154) than any other player in the Champions League this season. pic.twitter.com/F1ofyAQLoO— Squawka Dave (@SquawkaDave) March 8, 2016
Despite his failure to fit in at the Bernabeu, there doesn't seem to be much debate about the 23-year-old's technical skill and quality, considering he continues to make Vicente del Bosque's Spain squad.
Isco's former Malaga manager, Manuel Pellegrini, may be set to step down at the Etihad Stadium, but perhaps there's a chance Guardiola will pick up where he left off and hand the maestro a Premier League lifeline.