Atletico Madrid will complete the permanent signing of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata for €56 million this summer, according to a report from Italian news outlet Tutttomercatoweb.
The Spain international joined Diego Simeone’s side during the January transfer window, and the deal included an option to buy clause for the end of the season.
It seems Atletico have been left impressed by Morata’s efforts in his homeland and will trigger their option to sign him permanently for a mammoth fee.
The La Liga outfit look all but set to lose Antoine Griezmann this summer after he confirmed that he would be pursuing a departure from Madrid, meaning that the importance of signing attacking players has never been greater for the club.
Morata struggled to make an impact at Chelsea during his first two seasons in the Premier League, falling out of favour under Maurizio Sarri this season.
With the summer transfer window now open, it appears as though the ex-Real Madrid star is set to put pen to paper on a permanent stay at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Why selling Morata is the right call from Chelsea
Failure to adapt
Morata never truly found his feet at Stamford Bridge. He struggled to adapt to the Premier League and appeared to be rather easy to play against.
A fundamental issue in Morata’s stint at Chelsea was his consistency, or lack of, rather. For every impressive performance, an underwhelming one would follow, and this made him an unreliable player.
Maurizio Sarri is clearly a greater fan of Gonzalo Higuain and Olivier Giroud than he is Morata. It doesn’t make sense to keep hold of a clearly sellable asset when he is not utilised with sufficient regularity.
Tammy Abraham has been excellent for Aston Villa on loan this season, plundering 25 goals in the Championship. He deserves his chance, and he could well be better suited to the Premier League than Morata ever has been.