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Álvaro Morata gives his ‘OK’ for a move to Barcelona

Álvaro Morata celebrating the TIMVISION Cup with Juventus/CLAUDIO VILLA/GETTY IMAGES EUROPE
Álvaro Morata celebrating the TIMVISION Cup with Juventus/CLAUDIO VILLA/GETTY IMAGES EUROPE

Following the signing of Ferran Torres, Barcelona continue to look for reinforcements ahead of the second half of the season. Álvaro Morata has now given his go-ahead for the Catalans to sign him.

Barcelona continue to look for ways to strengthen the team’s offense, with injuries having plagued the Catalan outfit this season. Ansu Fati is yet to return to action fully, Ousmane Dembélé’s future is in the air and Sergio Agüero’s situation saw him forced into retirement.

It has left Barcelona with a lot of work to do ahead of the second half of this season, as well as the coming years, where some players slowly will fade out of prominence and see themselves replaced by young guns.

That trend has slowly been prevalent in defense and midfield, and for Barcelona now it seems a clear-out is somewhat imminent, with contracts running out and Joan Laporta and his board of directors having certain players and reinforcements in mind for their ideal Barça.

Ferran Torres recently signed for the Catalans, leaving Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, and while he is yet to be registered, he will be a piece in Xavi’s puzzle as he continues to build what he views as his ideal team ahead of the seasons to come.

Now, Álvaro Morata seems to be the next piece in the roster that will help the first team reach their goals in the immediate future. The Spanish striker is, according to reports, very liked by Xavi, and now it seems Xavi will get his target.

According to Goal Italia’s Romeo Agresti, Álvaro Morata has given Barcelona his go-ahead for a switch to the Catalan city, where he would be guaranteed an 18-month contract with Barça. Thus, it would be up to Juventus to find a replacement before allowing the 29-year-old striker to leave Turin.

Of course, Morata would be bound by a three-way-agreement arrangement; he is currently owned by Atlético de Madrid, on loan to Juventus, and wants to join Barcelona. This means that Juventus would have to give their go-ahead to prematurely terminate the loan spell, and Atlético would have to agree to a sale with Barcelona, whom in recent years have sent players like Antoine Griezmann, albeit on loan, and Luis Suárez to the Spanish capital.

Atlético are however, per multiple reports, not against a sale of the Spanish striker, who joined them on the back of a successful loan spell back with the Rojiblancos in 2020. Gerard Romero has since, through Jijantes, reported that Atléti manager Diego Simeone is against the move, as he deems the move a reinforcement of a direct rival, something that, given the title race, does not interest him.