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Real Madrid to activate buy-back clause for Álvaro Morata from Juventus

Spain's Alvaro Morata reacts

Real Madrid have confirmed that they will exercise their buy-back clause for striker Álvaro Morata, with the European champions set to pay €30m (£23m) for the player they sold to Juventus in 2014 for €20m.

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The 23-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, is currently part of the Spain squad at Euro 2016 and scored twice against Turkey last week. Madrid have long been expected to activate their clause after Morata scored 15 goals in Serie A during his two seasons with Juventus and a statement from the club on Tuesday confirmed that he will return to the club where he began his career.

“Real Madrid C.F have informed Juventus FC of their decision to salvage the federative rights on the player Álvaro Morata, who will join up with the first team for pre-season training under the command of Zinedine Zidane,” it read.

That suggests Morata could be in line to compete for a place at Madrid, although it is understood that they could still sell him on to the highest bidder. United, whose new manager José Mourinho worked with the player for three seasons during his spell at the Bernabéu, are believed to retain an interest while PSG, Arsenal and Chelsea are also in the hunt for his signature.

Meanwhile, the Italy forward Stephan El Shaarawy has made a permanent move to Roma after playing for the club on loan from Milan last season. Roma announced on Tuesday they have paid Milan €13m and signed the forward on a four-year contract.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Ed Aarons, for The Guardian on Tuesday 21st June 2016 18.29 Europe/London

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