Juventus are reportedly looking to renegotiate the value of Alvaro Morata's buy-back clause, which was set at €20 million (£14.7 million) when the Real Madrid youth product swapped the Bernabeu for Turin in 2014.
Despite the Spanish striker signing an initial five-year deal with Juve upon his £15.8 million move, Real retained the right to buy him back in the summers of 2016 and 2017.
With the Old Lady now trying to agree new contract terms with Morata, the Italian champions also want to raise the value of the buy-back fee from €20 million (£14.7 million) to somewhere between €30-35 million (£22-25 million), per Spanish outlet Radio Marca.
Real president Florentino Perez recently suggested the La Liga giants want to buy the striker back next summer, per Spanish outlet Marca (h/t ESPN FC): "We could bring him [back]. It is developing, and at the end of the season we could pay €10 million more than we sold him for [around €22 million]."
Morata enjoyed an excellent debut season with Juve in 2014-15 as they won the domestic double. He also scored in both legs against Real as the Italian outfit knocked Los Blancos out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage.
Juventus went on to lose in the final against Barcelona, but 22-year-old Morata again proved his worth in the Champions League last week with a stellar performance away at Manchester City in a 2-1 win, per Squawka:
It is unsurprising, then, that Juve are both trying to tie the forward to a new deal and make it harder for Real to buy him back.
Given his youth, Morata still has room for improvement, and he could be a key player for the Italian giants for years to come.
Strikers Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente both left Juventus in the summer, and Morata will have a bigger role to play in the side this season.
Morata has been troubled by injury at the beginning of the new league campaign but, fortunately for Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri, he looks set to return to action soon, per Italian outlet Tuttosport (h/t Football Italia).
Real will be eager to keep Morata's buy-back fee as low as possible, as he looks set to become a genuinely world-class striker.
Los Blancos are currently short on genuine depth in the centre-forward role, and adding Morata next summer would provide excellent cover for the likes of Karim Benzema and a then-31-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo.