Juventus signs Morata from Atletico Madrid on one-year loan deal

The agreement gives Serie A champion Juventus an option to buy Alvaro Morata at the end of the season for 45 million euros to be paid over three years.

Alvaro Morata returns to Juventus after spending two seasons at the club between 2014 and 2016 (File Photo).   -  Getty Images

Juventus has signed Spain striker Alvaro Morata on a one-season loan from Atletico Madrid for 10 million euros ($11.71 million), the Italian champion said on Tuesday.

The agreement also gives Juve an option to buy the 27-year-old at the end of the season for 45 million euros to be paid over three years, the Turin club added.

It could otherwise take him on loan again for the 2021-22 season for another 10 million-euro fee and then buy him outright in 2022 at a reduced cost of 35 million euros.

Morata returns to the club where he spent two seasons between 2014 and 2016, while also scoring in the Champions League final loss to Barcelona in Berlin in 2015.

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He spent just one season with Atleti, who had initially loaned him from Chelsea but then bought him outright in July last year for a reported fee of 65 million euros.

Morata moved to Juve originally from Real Madrid and netted 27 goals in 93 games over two seasons. He went back to Real in mid-2016 but then joined Chelsea after one season.

His latest move comes days after an abortive bid by Juventus to sign Luis Suarez from Barcelona and allows the Turin giant to rest 35-year-old talisman Cristiano Ronaldo more regularly.

Juve, which is chasing a 10th successive Serie A title this season, visits AS Roma on Saturday although that match could come too early for Morata to feature.

The Turin side, whose new coach Andrea Pirlo previously played alongside Morata, began its campaign with a 3-0 home win over Sampdoria at the weekend.

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