Benitez wants Morata back at Real
New Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez is eager to lure Juventus striker Alvaro Morata back to Santiago Bernabeu, AS can reveal.
The talented forward was surprisingly sold to the Bianconeri last summer and he has since largely impressed, especially in the Champions League.
Morata scored in both matches against his former club to help Juventus qualify for the final, before also netting in Berlin.
And while former coach Carlo Ancelotti wasn’t interested in re-signing the 22-year-old, his successor Rafa Benitez wants the starlet back at the Bernabeu.
The good news is that Real Madrid have the option to buy back Morata for a fee of €30 million this summer, while the price would increase to €35m in a year’s time.
The only problem is that chairman Florentino Perez hoped to sign Sergio Aguero instead, but the Juventus hotshot is clearly a much cheaper option.
Atletico in fresh assault on Tevez
Spanish giants Atletico Madrid are not giving up on Juventus striker Carlos Tevez, according to Marca.
Los Colchoneros are not entirely satisfied with Mario Mandzukic’s performances and they aim to recruit a new centre forward this summer.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone seems determined to lure Carlos Tevez to Vicente Calderon, even if that is going to be a very difficult task.
The Argentine may have another year left on his deal with Juventus, but he plans to return to Boca Juniors either this summer or the next.
His compatriot Diego Simeone will attempt to persuade Tevez to postpone the return to Argentina and join Atletico Madrid ranks ahead of the 2015/2016 campaign.
The highly rated forward will represent Argentina at the 2015 Copa America, where los Albiceleste are 1/3 favourites to defeat Paraguay in their opening fixture.
Spurs agree deal for Martial
France Football is reporting that Tottenham Hotspur are set to complete the signing of French forward Anthony Martial from Monaco.
The same source has revealed that Spurs will pay around €25 million for the highly rated footballer.
Having been impressed with the youngster’s performances this season, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino instructed the club officials to try and lure the 19-year-old to White Hart Lane, and the latest reports suggest an agreement has been reached.
Anthony Martial came through Lyon’s youth academy, but was then sold to Monaco in the summer of 2013.
The talented footballer showed some promise in his debut season at Stade Louis II, before developing into an important player for the club.
Martial went on to make 35 league appearances last season, scoring 9 goals and producing 3 assists in the process.