Álvaro Morata is effectively a Juventus player. The only outstanding item to complete his move from Real Madrid is a final written confirmation from the Italian outfit - a mere formality given that both clubs and the striker are in agreement.
Morata said yes to the deal on Thursday night and flew to Turin at 19:00 on Friday evening, to undergo a medical and sign his new contract. On his arrival at the airport, he offered his first comments: “I’m very happy to be beginning this new adventure. I’ll have my medical tomorrow [Saturday] morning.”
Juventus will pay 20 million euros for the player, with Real Madrid holding a 30-million-euro repurchase option in the first year, rising to 36 million in the second. The striker is to commit to the Serie A club for four years. Madrid also tried to include a clause preventing Juventus from selling the player to another Spanish side, but the Bianconeri refused.
The deal appeared to have become derailed when Juve coach Antonio Conte resigned, but the new man in the job, Massimiliano Allegri, has approved the deal and even called Morata personally. In the wake of Michu’s move to Napoli, the 21-year-old is the second Spanish striker to move to the Italian top flight in a matter of hours.
Morata made 23 Liga BBVA appearances last season, scoring eight goals. He played in six Copa del Rey matches and in five Champions League encounters, finding the net once in Europe’s top club competition. He has collected 12 Under-21 caps for Spain (hitting 13 goals).