Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is reportedly keen to make a summer return to Juventus.

Italian publication Tuttosport have reported that Alvaro Morata is likely to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, and prefers a return to Juventus in the summer transfer window. Chelsea and Manchester United are also reportedly interested in securing his services.

Morata was only signed back from Juventus by Real Madrid last summer as Los Blancos exercised their buy-back option in his deal with the Italian champions. However, the second spell at the Santiago Bernabeu hasn’t quite been a happy one for the 24-year-old.

Morata has had to play second fiddle to Karim Benzema, as a result of which he has managed to start just 16 games across all competitions. But, his goalscoring record has still been impressive, with the Spain international scoring 18 goals – one more than Benzema has netted despite playing 1,000 more minutes.

Set for a Turin return? (Photo courtesy - Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Set for a Turin return? (Photo courtesy – Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Morata’s goalscoring record suggests that he is, perhaps, being hard done by by Zinedine Zidane, and as per the report, he is indeed unhappy at the Bernabeu. As a result, he is likely to leave Real Madrid in the summer in search of more regular game time.

If he does move away from the Spanish capital when the transfer window reopens in June, there will be no dearth of interest in him. Chelsea and Manchester United, in particular, have been the two clubs that have been linked most heavily with him, but they could be all set to face disappointment in his pursuit.

That is because Morata prefers a move to Juventus, where he spent two fruitful seasons, instead of the two Premier League heavyweights. Indeed, Morata was one of the go-to men for Massimiliano Allegri during his spell with the Bianconeri and was a regular in their first-team setup.

It is important to note, though, that post Morata’s departure Juventus bought Gonzalo Higuain, who has been at his prolific best for the Serie A champions. So, usurping the Argentine could prove to be a tough ask for the Spaniard.

But, Paulo Dybala is being linked with Real Madrid, and if the forward ends up moving to the Bernabeu in the summer, a position in the starting lineup could be up for grabs. It now remains to be seen how things develop in the coming months. For now, in all likelihood, Morata’s exit from Real Madrid is on the cards.

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