Atletico Madrid are facing a severe shortage of forwards heading into the new season. Despite being very valuable players in Diego Simeone’s dynamic, neither Joao Felix nor Antoine Griezmann offer the killer instinct of a pure number nine.
Alvaro Morata could be the solution to Los Rojiblancos‘ problems, but the Spanish striker is in a crisis of his own. Morata doesn’t have the best relationship with the manager who saw him kicked out of the team year after year.
However, MARCA’s David G Medina report the opposite. The Spanish journalist says Atletico Madrid consider Morata ‘untouchable’ at the moment. However, Juventus are pushing hard to sign the player and an exit isn’t ruled out.
Morata spent the last two years of his career on loan at Turin. During this period, he scored 20 goals and provided 16 assists for the Bianconeri in Serie A and was a regular starter under Massimiliano Allegri.
Last season, the 29-year-old made 32 appearances for the Italian side and registered 11 goals and nine assists.
When Juventus signed Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina in January, all doors seemed to close for Morata. Still, he found a way to adapt his game and play alongside the Serb.
The Bianconeri are now desperate to bring him back to Italy, and one would assume that Simeone’s decision to call Morata an untouchable player is just a way to squeeze money out of the deal.
Still, it’s entirely possible that the manager really does have the striker in his plans for the season. Earlier this month, Morata spoke about his future and hinted he would stay at Wanda Metropolitano.
“I’m lucky to have worked with Simeone and his team before and that will make things easier. I can’t wait to start preparing for this season together. he had said (h/t GOAL).
So it remains to be seen how this transfer story will develop in the coming days as Juventus continue to push to re-sign Morata.