Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is closing in on a move away from Chelsea with the striker reportedly in talks with La Liga side Atletico Madrid, according to Sky Sports.
Morata has endured a miserable 18 months in England since his club-record move to Chelsea last summer from Real Madrid.
Morata has lost his place as Chelsea’s first choice striker with Maurizio Sarri preferring to utilise Eden Hazard as his main point of reference in attack.
Morata has been linked with both Sevilla and Barcelona in recent weeks but Atletico Madrid – the club where he began his youth career – now looks like his most likely destination after Sevilla dropped their interest in the striker.
Chelsea are willing to let Morata leave if a replacement is secured.
The 26-year-old striker currently earns around £150,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge but is willing to take a pay cut on his wages to secure a move to Atletico, according to Spanish media outlet Marca.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is keen on signing Morata to complement Antoine Griezmann in attack with Diego Costa struggling this season.
Morata was recently left out of Chelsea’s 18-man squad for the win over Newcastle on Saturday with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insisting it was a tactical decision.
Speaking about reports linking Morata with a Chelsea exit this month, Chelsea boss Sarri said: “Of course if he was to go to another club then we need a replacement.
“But at the moment he is here, he has to think only to play. There are 300 players involved in the market and they need to think only to the next match otherwise it is impossible to play.”