MORATA TO ATLETICO ALMOST A DONE DEAL

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Alvaro Morata is close to a move away from Chelsea, and according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, the Chelsea striker has reached a personal agreement to join Atletico Madrid.

Morata, 26, who joined Chelsea for a then club record £60m in July 2017 has struggled since moving to Stamford Bridge.

The 26-year-old’s career started on a positive note initially, scoring 7 goals in his first 7 appearances, but his form dropped and only scored 11 goals in his first campaign in English football last season.

This season hasn’t fared well for the Spain international who has scored nine goals in 24 games in all competitions for the Blues.

Speaking on the deal, Balague said: “It seems to be a matter of finding a buyer for Kalinic.”

Speaking on the BBC 5 live Football Daily Podcast, he added: “Everything else seems to be in place for Morata to abandon what feels like a nightmare.”

Morata’s move away from Chelsea appeared to be imminent after he failed to celebrate the brace he scored against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup earlier this year.

Speaking about Morata’s unhappiness at the club, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said: “I don’t know [if he is happy].

“I hope so but I don’t know.

“It is more important to score than celebrate. He scored two goals in the last match, in the season he has nine.

“In his best season at Madrid he scored 20 goals, so he will be able to have a very good second part of the season and he will try to reach his best.”

Sarri admitted at the beginning of the transfer window that he had no intentions of signing a striker due to the presence of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud, as well as the option of playing Eden Hazard as a false nine.

However, with Hazard failing to produce his best form in that position, Chelsea have now made a move for Gonzalo Higuain, and a deal for the Argentine is thought to be close to completing.

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