Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is set to complete his loan move to Atletico Madrid later today, according to Sky Sports.
It is understood the deal is a loan until the end of the season, with Atletico Madrid having the option to buy in the summer. Morata’s family arrived in Madrid on Sunday ahead of the completion of his move to Atletico Madrid according to Sky Sports.
Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017 for a then club record fee of around £57million but struggled to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge.
He started his Chelsea career brilliantly, scoring seven goals in his first eight games for the club but suffered a dip in form afterwards finishing the campaign with 11 Premier League goals.
Morata’s struggles continued this season with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri preferring to use Eden Hazard as a striker ahead of both him and Olivier Giroud.
Morata has scored nine goals in all competitions for Chelsea this season but has not played since scoring twice in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest on January 5. He failed to celebrate both goals against Nottingham Forest which sparked rumours that he was unhappy at Chelsea.
Morata was signed to replace Diego Costa and ironically, he would join Costa in Atletico Madrid when he completes his move.
With Gonzalo Higuain set to join Chelsea from AC Milan, Morata is leaving Stamford Bridge as he seeks to resurrect his career in the La Liga.
Chelsea have already agreed a deal with Higuain’s parent club Juventus for his transfer to Stamford Bridge but AC Milan want to sign a replacement before the forward is allowed to complete his move to Chelsea.
Chelsea and Juventus agreed terms on a loan deal until June with an obligation to renew it for another 12 months upon certain conditions
According to Sky Sports, AC Milan will finalise the deal for Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek on Tuesday which will then allow Higuain to complete his move to Chelsea.
AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso revealed over the weekend that he accepts Higuain’s decision to leave for Chelsea after dropping the striker from their squad to face Genoa on Monday.
“I accept his decision,” said Gattuso on Sunday. “Surely he could have done more and maybe we could have helped him fit in better.
“I want to be honest with you all. We had a poor training session today due to all these rumours. We spoke after the training session and I did not consider him ready for this game.”