Transfer Talk: Morata’s Barca move on hold while Juve, PSG haggle over Icardi


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The 2022 January transfer window is open (find out when it closes here) and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Juve, PSG at odds over Icardi deal

January transfer windows can bring up very awkward negotiating scenarios for clubs and players, with Calciomercato reporting that Juventus‘ search for a new striker is causing a traffic jam across the market.

This scenario begins with Alvaro Morata, who wants to leave Juve to return to Spain and join Barcelona, who have already signed Ferran Torres from Manchester City this winter.

However, Juventus are insisting that they must find a suitable replacement before the 29-year-old can depart, with Fiorentina‘s Dusan Vlahovic and Sassuolo‘s Gianluca Scamacca unlikely to join in January as a summer move is more feasible.

Therefore, Juventus — and likely Morata’s — attention has turned more definitively to Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi. However, the Italian giants are hoping to sign the Argentina international on loan with an option to buy later, whereas PSG are only willing to accept a permanent move.

Meanwhile, it is expected that Morata will be benched by manager Massimiliano Allegri for Juventus’ pivotal match against Roma on Sunday while the situation unfolds.

If things are to change for Morata, then it seems either Juventus or PSG will have to alter their stance on Icardi. Considering there have been no signs of them doing just that yet, everyone appears to be stuck in limbo.

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