Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta has admitted the club fears that Real Madrid could re-sign the much-coveted striker Alvaro Morata during the summer transfer window, just to sell him somewhere else for a profit. The club chief's concerns come amid recent reports in Spain suggested both Manchester United and Liverpool are interested in his services.
The 23-year-old moved to the Serie A champions in the summer of 2014 after Real Madrid decided to let the player go, with Karim Benzema blocking his breakthrough to the first team. However, as he was considered one of their academy's biggest jewels, Los Blancos included a €32m (£25.2m, $35.1m) buy-back option in case the Spaniard developed into a star at Juve.
Morata is now one of the most sought-after hitmen in Europe, securing a regular spot in the Spanish national team and playing a crucial role in Juventus's successful 2014/15 campaign.
Marca recently reported Real Madrid were ready to take advantage of that, activating the player's €32m buy-back clause to bring him back to the club before selling him on elsewhere in a €50m deal. The Spanish publication claimed Manchester United and Liverpool were leading the race to secure his services, pointing out that the potential arrival of Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford could give them an advantage. The Portuguese boss handed Morata his Real Madrid debut at the age of 18 back in 2010.
Marotta has admitted his concerns about the possibility, but hopes Real Madrid opt against it as Juventus are keen on keeping the Spaniard in their ranks.
"Madrid could be forced to buy back the player but it is possible and they don't have the slightest sporting interest in Morata," Marotta said, as quoted by AS. "We hope they don't re-sign him and try to get more money for him. They have that right. There's a term to run and we don't know if they will do it or not."