Alvaro Morata has only managed five league goals for the Blues this term and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been desperate for Chelsea to bring in a new attacker to boost the club’s top-four hopes.
Reports claim Morata has reached an agreement to join Atletico Madrid on loan for the rest of the season.
According to Goal, Atletico have reached an agreement that would see them pay €3 million (£2.6m/$3.4m) to bring in Morata for the remainder of the campaign, with the option to pay a further €40m (£35.2m/$45.6m) to buy the Spain international at the end of the season.
Maurizio Sarri is one who doesn’t like to talk about a deal until it has been confirmed by the club, and the Blues boss was asked about Morata’s move to Atletico, and he remained coy on the subject.
“It’s normal I think,” Sarri said.
“For him it’s a very difficult moment but it’s normal for a player in January to be involved in market. But he’s available and then before the match I can choose something different.”
Chelsea are keen to get Morata off their wage bill before bringing in Higuain, and according to Goal, Atletico are still in negotiations with Chelsea regarding the percentage of Morata’s wages they will pay, with the Liga outfit hopeful of only forking out for 50% of his £120,000 per week salary before entering talks regarding a reduced contract with the player should he make the move permanent.
Within the next 24 hours, Chelsea are expected to announce the signing of Gonzalo Higuain and the departure of Alvaro Morata to Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement with Juventus for the loan of Gonzalo Higuain until the end of the season with an option to extend for a further year.
Maurizio Sarri will definitely be happy to reunite with Higuain who was a scoring machine during their time at Napoli.
Sarri said of Higuain: “It was perfect synchronicity and the regrets will probably stick with us. I miss Higuain a great deal. I miss him because he’ll keep scoring goals until the day he dies. He is a goal machine, a systematic and automatic jackpot.”