Atletico Madrid have rejected a €50m proposal from Juventus for Alvaro Morata, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
It’s suggested the offer was made on the request of new coach Andrea Pirlo, who played alongside the striker in Turin in the 2014-15 season.
There have been growing reports that Morata is frustrated in Madrid and has asked coach Diego Simeone to let him leave this summer.
However, Atleti do not want to sell, having just purchased the forward from Chelsea for a total of €63m.
It was a loan for €7m in January 2019 with obligation to buy for a further €56m in July 2020.
There is a release clause in his contract worth €150m and Marca claim that Atletico Madrid told Juventus to activate that or raise their offer considerably.
Juve are seeking a centre-forward, but it’s increasingly likely first choice Edin Dzeko will remain at Roma, while Luis Suarez is having difficulty negotiating an exit from Barcelona.
Suarez requires an Italian passport to be registered, as Weston McKennie of Schalke has already taken up a non-EU spot in the Juventus squad.
Suarez’s wife has Italian ancestors, so it is possible to get the paperwork, although the timing remains to be seen.
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