Chelsea completed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain on a six-month loan deal this week, and it is expected that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will move on to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid.
Reports in Spain claim Atletico and Chelsea have not yet reached an agreement as the Spanish club only want the option to permanently sign the striker at the end of the season. Atletico have reportedly agreed terms with Morata but are yet to agree with Chelsea for the Spain international.
Surprisingly, Atletico’s ultras shared their hard feelings about Morata’s arrival at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday against Getafe as they chanted against the signing of the 26-year-old who failed to impress at Chelsea.
Atletico fans sung ‘Menos Morata y mas Borja Garces’, which translates to ‘less Morata and more Borja Garces’.
However, their chants were countered by other section of Atletico fans, as their chant was met with whistles from other Atletico supporters.
Garces is a 19-year-old striker who made his first-team debut in September having joined Atletico’s academy in 2016.
Atlético fans seem divided over the signing of Morata, and Atletico boss Diego Simeone had to come out to get everyone to focus on supporting the team down on the pitch.
Morata hasn’t featured for Chelsea since the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in which he netted both goals but refused to celebrate any of the goal.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has now opened up on the reason Morata is leaving the club to join Atletico. Sarri has revealed that Morata told him about a month ago that he wanted to leave.
“Morata is potentially a very good player,” Sarri said. “He has the characteristics for playing in my team, but one month ago he said he wanted to play for another team.
“It was very difficult for him to give us 100 per cent because of his mental situation. He is very suitable for my football, but the situation has changed in the last month, so we needed to change.
“In the January market it is very difficult to get a very good striker. Gonzalo was in a situation we could try to get him, so we decided to try.”