Alvaro Morata is set to extend his loan spell at Juventus for a further year, according to Fabrizio Romano. Juventus will pay Atletico Madrid €10 million to extend the loan. It will mark the first piece of business by Massimiliano Allegri, who was recently reappointed as Juventus manager.
Alvaro Morata Juventus Loan Set to Be Extended
Juventus Trigger Alvaro Morata Loan Extension
Allegri is reportedly very keen to keep Morata at Juventus. Morata enjoyed a two year spell at Juventus under Allegri between 2014-2016, reaching the 2015 Champions League final together. He scored Juventus’ only goal, although they crumbled to a 3-1 defeat to Barcelona. Morata returned to Turin for the 2019/20 season, having only just completed a permanent signing at Atletico Madrid.
Last season was not a particularly successful one for the Bianconeri. Morata played under his former teammate in Andrea Pirlo, and failed to win the Serie A title, ending their nine year period of dominance. In fact, they only just qualified for the Champions League, thanks to a Napoli defeat on the final day of the season. Morata himself scored twice in a 4-1 victory over Bologna, which proved a crucial moment in Juventus’ season.
They were also disappointing in the Champions League. They fell at the round of 16 stage to the hands of Porto, losing on away goals following a 4-4 draw. However, on an individual note, Morata enjoyed a fairly successful year at Juventus. He scored 20 goals in 44 games across all competitions, and provided a further ten assists. Considering he was playing alongside a goal machine in Cristiano Ronaldo, this can be considered a very impressive return.
More Incomings at Juventus?
Morata is a few days away from becoming Juventus’ first piece of business this season. Given their disappointing season, one would assume that Juventus will crack on with more transfers, in a bid to reclaim the Scudetto.
Gianluigi Donnarumma has been linked with a move to Juventus for several weeks now. Donnarumma will leave AC Milan this season, ending his eight year stay with the club. Juventus will face stiff competition to complete the free transfer, with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain also interested.
However, that seems to be the end of Juventus’ transfer rumours. Despite their obvious need to improve, there doesn’t appear to be many links to potential arrivals. This could be due to various off-the-field problems surrounding the Italian giants.
Juventus may have bigger problems on their hands, as the club are in financial difficulty. They reported major losses as a consequence of COVID-19, and the inability to host fans in stadiums. In addition, they face possible ramifications for their involvement in the European Super League.
Along with Barcelona and Real Madrid, Juve have not backed down in their proposals for the controversial breakaway league. As a result, UEFA have begun disciplinary proceedings against the three sides, with potential bans from European football awaiting.
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