Real Madrid Transfer News: Alvaro Morata, Isco, Danilo Deals Planned by Juventus

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2016

Real Madrid's Francisco Alarcon Isco, left, celebrates his goal with Alvaro Morata during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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Juventus reportedly want to sign Isco and Danilo from Real Madrid this summer, as well as negotiate a deal with the club that would toss out any buy-back clause in the contract of Alvaro Morata.

That’s according to a report from Tuttosport (h/t AS), which claims the Bianconeri have set aside a whopping €90 million in an attempt to get the aforementioned deals done. That is said to equate to €25 million to preserve Morata, while around €40 million and €25 million could be spent on Isco and Danilo, respectively.

Juve reportedly want rid of Morata's clause.
Juve reportedly want rid of Morata's clause.Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

The future of Morata is certainly going to be fascinating to follow at the end of the season, with Real able to activate a sum that would see him return to the capital.

Here’s a look at what he’s been up to since moving to Juventus:

The Turin giants will be keen to keep the 23-year-old. While he’s not the most aesthetic operator, Morata has a penchant for popping up when it matters most—as he did in Juve’s run to the UEFA Champions League final last term—and putting in an incredible amount of work for the team. He was an ideal foil for Carlos Tevez and is doing the same for Paulo Dybala.

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According to Calciomercato (h/t Alex Harris of the Daily Star) Real are hoping to bring Morata back to the club in the summer and auction him off to a Premier League side, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea all said to be keen.

Morata is a significant component in this Juventus attack.
Morata is a significant component in this Juventus attack.Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Jack Rathborn of uMAXit Football feels that after losing some key players last term, the Serie A giants need to be careful about losing more:

Jack Rathborn @JackRathborn

Presumably Madrid trigger Morata's buy-back clause,talk of Bonucci sale too, Juve need to be careful, consecutive summers with big changes

Indeed, manager Massimiliano Allegri should be looking to add to the quality already in this Juventus team, and it seems the club may be eyeing a double raid on Real.

Isco is named as one of the targets, with his position at the Santiago Bernabeu looking increasingly unstable. Manager Zinedine Zidane has opted not to operate with a natural No. 10 in the XI as of late, leaving the Spain international on the fringes of the first team.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - MARCH 02:  Isco of Real Madrid looks on prior to the La Liga match between Levante UD and Real Madrid at Ciutat de Valencia on March 02, 2016 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

The former Malaga man has never been able to nail down a regular spot in the starting XI at the club, yet despite that, as these numbers from Squawka Football show, he’s a player who is a proven creative influence at the elite level:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Most chances created in the Champions League since 2014/15: Neymar (49) Koke (46) Lionel Messi (43) Isco (40) https://t.co/JtdTJcSqxt

Another player who Juve reportedly want at the club is Danilo. The Brazilian signed for Los Blancos in the summer and seemed set to usurp Dani Carvajal in the right-back berth. But he’s been inconsistent so far, finding it difficult to show the same levels that made him such a threat for Porto last season.

Danilo has yet to show his best form with Madrid.
Danilo has yet to show his best form with Madrid.Power Sport Images/Getty Images

Rik Sharma of Sport thinks that of the two right-backs at Zidane’s disposal, one is clearly superior to the other:

Rik Sharma @riksharma_

Real Madrid's best player so far has been Dani Carvajal. Which raises questions about why Danilo is played, ever.

Both Isco and Danilo could potentially benefit from fresh starts. The former, in particular, looks unlikely to thrive under the new regime and has never been afforded a consistent run of games since signing for the club. At Juventus, Isco would become a key man, and his performance levels would inevitably increase as a result.

It may be a little premature to write off Danilo as a Real player. After all, it can take players a while to get used to the daunting proposition of donning the iconic all-white jersey, and he’s still in his first season with the club.

Nevertheless, for as long as Carvajal continues to excel, he’ll have to make do with watching on from the sidelines.  


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