Barcelona make Alvaro Morata first January target after talks with Juventus and Atletico

Barcelona made Alvaro Morata their first goal for January after signing Ferran Torres for € 55million, sources have confirmed to ESPN.

Morata, 29, is on loan to Juventus from Atletico Madrid, but sources have told ESPN he is ready to cut his time in Italy short with Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez pushing for his signing.

Barca have had initial talks with all parties involved over a loan deal with an option to make the move permanent this summer.

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However, the financial situation of the Catalan club complicates any potential deal as it is constrained by La Liga’s € 97million spending limit.

Until they’re within that limit – which won’t happen this season – they’re only allowed to spend 25% of what they get back on transfer fees or save on pay cuts.

Having finished signing Torres from Manchester City earlier this week, Barca have yet to lighten their squad up before they can save him and any other new signings.

Yusuf Demir and Luuk de Jong’s loans are expected to be cut short, while the club remain open to offers for Philippe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti. Sources told ESPN that Barcelona will also listen to interest in US international Sergino Dest.

Sources add that Barca are also exploring other ways to increase what La Liga allow them to spend and allow them to save Torres.

Xavi has made strengthening the attack a priority since taking office. Barca have only scored two goals in six Champions League appearances as they left the group stage competition and scoured the market for low-cost options.

Edinson Cavani was a target, but Manchester United’s reluctance to let the Uruguay international go led them to Morata, which Xavi is a fan of.

Barca have already tried to sign the former Real Madrid striker. the Blaugrana made an unsuccessful move for him in 2019 when Luis Suarez injured himself.

The Spain international is on his second stint at Juve, having also spent time in England with Chelsea. His loan to Juventus runs until the summer, while his contract at Atletico expires in 2023.

He has scored seven goals in 23 appearances in all competitions for Juve this season after ending the previous campaign with 20 goals in 44 appearances.

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