Barcelona have lined up Juventus forward Alvaro Morata as a back-up plan should they fail to land Robert Lewandowski, according to reports in Spain.
The Catalan side were heavily linked with a move for Morata in January but signed Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang instead.
Various rumours in Germany suggest Lewandowski could leave Bayern Munich to join Barca but any move for the Poland forward would be costly despite him having just a year left to run on his contract.
AS are reporting that Barca boss Xavi has maintained contact with Morata since January and sees the ex-Real Madrid forward as a more realistic prospect.
Any deal for Morata would be complicated as the Spain forward’s loan deal at Juve from Atletico Madrid ends in the summer and he is due to return to the Spanish capital.
That means Barcelona would have to deal with LaLiga rivals Atletico for his signing.
Furthermore, Morata was featured in Juve’s 2022-23 kit launch on Friday, suggesting he is likely to be there next season.
El Barça pulsa otra vez el botón Morata. https://t.co/SU45qZRfdr
— Juan Jiménez Salvadó (@juanjimenista) May 12, 2022