Atletico Madrid are prepared to offer Chelsea misfit Alvaro Morata an escape route, as the Spanish striker continues to struggle at Stamford Bridge.
The Spanish international was signed for a then club record fee of £58 million in July 2017, after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid. However, despite a promising start to his debut campaign, he has failed to find consistent form in the Premier League.
Chelsea have frequently lined up without a recognised striker this season, which has seen Morata start just 11 times in the league and the 26-year-old was omitted entirely from Sarri’s matchday squad as the Blues beat Newcastle 2-1 on Saturday.
Given Chelsea’s reported interest in experienced Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuaín, a move away from Stamford Bridge appears to be the most likely outcome for Morata, as the striker looks to end a miserable 18 months in England.
Goal are reporting that Spanish giants Atletico Madrid are considering a move for the former Juventus striker, initially on loan until the end of the season, after Sevilla were priced out of his services.
Gil Marin, Atletico’s CEO, is a known fan of Morata’s and is reportedly willing to pay up to 50% of his current wages in order to land his man this month, although whether the striker would be willing to play for Real Madrid’s bitter rivals is yet to be seen.
Morata has netted just 16 Premier League goals in 47 appearances for Chelsea.