Alvaro Morata does not seem likely to join Barcelona in January for a number of reasons, including Juventus reticence, Atletico Madrid terms and Ousmane Dembele’s situation.
It was assumed that with the Bianconeri spending €67m plus €8m in bonuses to Fiorentina for Dusan Vlahovic, this would open the door for Morata to leave Turin.
He is 18 months into a two-year loan deal from Atletico Madrid, worth €20m, with an option to buy in June for a further €35m.
It does not seem as if Juve have any intention of activating that option to make the move permanent.
However, Max Allegri is not eager to let the Spain international leave in January either, even with the arrival of Vlahovic.
That is only one of the reasons why a Barcelona switch is increasingly unlikely, as Atletico Madrid do not want to reinforce their rivals, so are setting a series of complicated clauses if the Blaugrana really do intend to sign him.
On top of that, Spanish reports today claim that Dembele is back in negotiations with Barcelona to extend his contract and the tension of the last few weeks has calmed somewhat.
If Dembele stays and is brought back into the squad, they do not need Morata.
☎️La operación MORATA está caída AHORA mismo contamos en @JijantesFC
La Juve NO permite la salida del jugador
— Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) January 26, 2022