Alvaro Morata is returning to Real Madrid from Juventus.
Morata has returned to the Bernabeu club for £24million after they exercised a buy-back option in his deal with the Old Lady.
A statement read: “Real Madrid C. F. have informed Juventus FC of their decision to salvage the federative rights on the player Álvaro Morata, who will join up with the first team for pre-season training under the command of Zinedine Zidane.”
Zidane is not expected to have first-team plans for Morata and so Madrid plan to sell him on immediately for a profit, as they have done with previous buybacks including Alvaro Negredo, Roberto Soldado and Samuel Eto’o.
The price tag is £60million, which has already put off Arsenal , but Chelsea and Man United retain an interest.
Antonio Conte, Chelsea’s incoming manager, was part of the decision-making process that took Morata to Juventus in 2014 before he shocked the club by walking away, and he remains an admirer.