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Written by Martin Graham | May 28, 2022
Juventus is still looking for another striker to pair with Dusan Vlahovic next season. However, the Bianconeri are still interested in keeping Alvaro Morata at the club but not at the price Atlético de Madrid is asking.
As a result, the old lady has contacted the agents of Atalanta striker Luis Muriel as they prepare to replace two strikers before the summer transfer window.
They lost Paulo Dybala on a free transfer at the end of the just-ended season, and Morata, who also finished the season with a two-year loan, is set to lose.
Morel became an option after the Spanish club refused to reduce his €28m value to Morata in exchange for Juventus’ €15m bid. Atletico initially included an option of €35 million to buy the item but Juventus were not willing to accept it.
Discussions are still ongoing with Morata, but it is understood that the Bianconeri will only focus on Muriel if Atletico continue to play aggressively with their striker.
Meanwhile, Fiorentina’s owner, Rocco Commisso, believes Vlahovic made the wrong decision to go to Juventus.
A number of clubs were hot on the Serb’s trail in January but he chose Juventus, and carried the recently vacated No. 7 shirt to continue Cristiano Ronaldo’s work at the club.
Commisso spoke to the media, claiming that Vlahovic could have spoiled them and that it would have been better to stay with Fiorentina than to go to a troubled Juventus.
“I told [the Fiorentina directors] To find another striker and buy Piatek and then Cabral,” Commisso said. “In the meantime, the player who could have destroyed us (Vlahovic), who told us he would sign and then blocked a striker in August.
“I don’t know how many months they (Vlahovic’s camp) talked with Juventus, but a week later, after he didn’t want Arsenal, Real [Madrid]Atletico, Juventus came forward and we made a deal.
“It went like this: but if they had signed a contract with us, he would have done better than he does at Juventus.”