Serie A champions Juventus have completed the signing of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata on a five-year contract. The Turin giants were among a number of clubs that had been linked with the Spaniard for much of the summer and they have now secured the striker’s services for €20m.
21-year-old Morata has been at the Bernabau since 2008, but despite some impressive form for the Real Madrid B team he struggled to hold down a place in the first team. He made 37 league appearances in four years as part of the Madrid first team, scoring ten goals – eight of which came in the 2013/14 campaign.
As part of the transfer, Carlo Ancelotti’s side have the option to buy back Morata for up to 30 million euros in the summers of 2016 and 2017 depending on the number of appearances he makes.
He won a La Liga title and two Copa del Rey trophies during his time in Madrid to go with last season’s Champions League success, appearing as a second half substitute in the 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid.
Morata, a Spain Under-21 international, arrives in Italy just days after Juventus announced the appointment of Massimiliano Allegri as their new manager, replacing Antonio Conte. Allegri will be hoping to lead the club to their fourth straight Serie A title.
Morata joins an already impressive strike force at the Juventus Stadium which boasts the likes of Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez. He will be hoping to make an impressive start to his career in Serie A after finishing last season on a high.
He netted two late goals to lead Madrid to a 3-1 victory against Espanyol on the final day of the La Liga season before helping secure the Spanish club’s first Champions League triumph in twelve years.