Atletico Madrid has declined a €50 m bid by Juventus for Alvaro Morata, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
It’s said the bid was made in the direction of new coach Andrea Pirlo, who played in the 2014-15 season alongside the striker in Turin.
Morata has been in growing rumors in Madrid, being unhappy, and has been asking coach Diego Simeone to let him leave this summer.
Having just bought the forward from Chelsea for a total of €63 m, Atleti does not want to sell through.
It was a €7 m loan in January 2019 with an obligation to buy in July 2020 for an additional € 56 m.
Marca says that Atletico Madrid has told Juventus to trigger that or considerably increase their bid and his contract has a release clause worth € 150 m.
Although Luis Suarez is having trouble securing an exit from Barcelona, Juve is searching for a center-forward, but the first choice Edin Dzeko is increasingly likely to stay in Roma.
Schalke’s Weston McKennie has already taken up a non-EU spot in the Juventus squad thus Suarez needs the issuance of an Italian passport.
Suarez’s wife has Italian roots, so the documents can be accessed even though the timing remains to be seen.