Spanish giant, Barcelona, have reportedly been in touch with Alvaro Morata‘s agent, as the club becomes keen on taking over the final six months left on the player’s loan contract at Juventus and are willing to send Memphis Depay over to the Serie A team to seal the deal.
Morata’s spell with the Serie A giants is drawing to an end, with the Bianconeri having no intention to purchase the Spanish striker for €35 million from parent club Atletico Madrid at the end of the 2021/22 campaign and the is most likely to appear in the latest bookmaker offers ahead of January transfer window.
The possibility of the Spaniard being available in the summer draws the attention of La Liga giant, Barcelona, with the new manager Xavi keen on bringing the striker to his squad. However, Juventus are unimpressed by the former Lyon attacker.
The report confirmed that Barcelona’s representatives have made contact with Morata’s agents in a bid to bring the player back to his home country, having been in Italy ever since he was loaned to the Old Lady in September 2020.
Being the new coach on the block, Xavi, who is also a Barca legend, is looking to return his favourite back to its glory days, and – just like the view of Juve – a traditional striker seems to play an important role in achieving this aim of his.
The La Liga outfit is hoping they could successfully convince the Serie A giants into parting ways with Morata midway into the season, and they intend to use Depay, who has been struggling to reach his potential at Camp Nou, as leverage in getting the deal done.
However, the Serie A outfit is sceptical about the former Lyon striker, especially about his physical fitness, as the forward has been on the sidelines since early December after succumbing to a thigh muscle injury.
Morata is currently tied to a contract with Atletico Madrid through to 2021, which also means that Barcelona will also have to reach some sort of agreement with their rivals before a move to Camp Nou can even be considered.
The good news is that Barcelona has until the end of January transfer window to resolve the complications of the three clubs if they remain keen on signing the Spaniard for the rest of the 2021/22 season.
In other news, French winger Ousmane Dembele might just be parting ways with Barcelona in the coming summer as the contract extension talks collapsed during the week.
The negotiations didn’t fall through as the Catalan side were unable to meet Dembele’s contract requests. The report has it that both sides are a long way apart from reaching each other’s demands.
Xavi and his team, however, remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached on both sides despite the rough situation.
The French forward’s contract with the Catalans will come to an end this campaign, giving him the ability to achieve a pre-contract agreement with other clubs interested in him on January 1.
The aim for Barcelona was to reach an agreement with the 24-year-old winger before that date comes, but negotiations were disrupted after Dembele became unwilling to accept the wage cut Barcelona was putting on the table.
Xavi, the new boss at Camp Nou, wants the French star as an integral part of his rebuild at the club has said: “We are going to be positive for him to renew, for me it is fundamental.”