Barcelona have struck a deal with Alvaro Morata for the player to make the move to Camp Nou.
The transfer though is still subject to Juventus finding a replacement for the Spain striker.
Morata’s time in Italy is coming to an end, with Juve having already indicated that they have no intention of exercising their right to purchase the striker outright for €35 million (£29m/$40m) from parent club Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.
The Blaugrana have therefore moved to seal his return back to La Liga from Serie A, and have now effectively agreed terms on an 18-month deal for the attacker – but no deal will be confirmed until the Bianconeri have sorted out a successor at Allianz Stadium.
Members of the Barca hierarchy contacted Morata’s representatives in recent weeks in order to gauge interest in a return to his home country, having been away in Italy since he was loaned to Juventus last year.
Having succeeded Ronald Koeman in charge, Xavi is looking to course-correct the club’s season, with the Blaugrana – much like Juve – caught in something of a rut, and a traditional striker viewed as an integral part of that transition.