5 shocking transfers which could happen this transfer window
The 2019 January transfer window is in full gear, with the attendant rumors and speculations associated with it meaning fans have no shortage of transfer updates both real and fictitious as tabloids get their hearts pumping over reported targets that their clubs are interested in.
There have already been some confirmed deals such as Brahim Diaz joining Real Madrid from Manchester City, Christian Pulisic arriving Chelsea from Dortmund, as well as Nathaniel Clyne and Dominic Solanke both moving over to Bournemouth from Liverpool.
Along with the done deals, there are others which are reportedly nearing conclusion such as those of Cesc Fabregas to AS Monaco, Aaron Ramsey to Juventus and Callum Hudson-Odoi to Bayern and while most of these transfer speculations are largely expected due to one reason or the other, chiefly lack of playing time and contract expiration, there are other transfer speculations which were largely unforeseen.
In this piece, we would be taking a look at five shocking transfers which no one saw coming that might happen during the course of this winter transfer window.
#5 Alvaro Morata to Sevilla
Having found playing time hard to come by at Real Madrid, Alvaro Morata sought a transfer away from the reigning European champions and found sucour in the way of Chelsea, with the Blues spending a club record fee of £60m to sign him in the summer of 2017.
The Spaniard was expected to fill in the central striker role at the club and help the London team challenge for trophies on all fronts by banging in goals, but it has largely not gone according to plan for the former Juventus man.
Despite beginning his first season at Chelsea in impressive fashion, scoring and providing an assist on his debut as well as scoring a hat-trick a month later, it soon began to fall apart for the 26-year-old, as he faced a lot of criticism for his profligacy in front of goal as well as his unsuitability to the physical nature of the Premier League, with his tendency to fall down at the slightest contact drawing the ire of fans.
By January, the club management had gotten tired of him, leading to the winter transfer arrival of Olivier Giroud.
Morata ended his first season as a Chelsea player with just 15 goals from 48 matches in all competitions, with only 11 of those coming from 31 Premier League matches, which contributed in no small measure to Chelsea's under performance in the PL last season.
It was believed that Morata would pick up this season, with the birth of his child and switch to number 29 expected to give him an extra lift, but once more those hopes have been dashed.
He has scored just nine goals from 24 matches in all competitions this season, which is significantly beneath the standards of a striker leading a club the size of Chelsea.
Having previously defended Morata, manager Sarri seems to have run out of patience with him, questioning his mental strength in addition to leaving him out of team lineups in recent weeks.
Contrary to popular opinion, the 26-year-old has never actually been a prolific striker (his goal ratios at both Juventus and Real Madrid back this up), so his struggles should not come as a surprise to anyone who has followed his career closely.
Rumors emanating indicate that Spanish side Sevilla are interested in bringing Morata back to Spain and have reportedly met with his agent to discuss a potential move.
The Andalusians currently find themselves short of a striker, having lost Luis Muriel on loan to Fiorentina and thus would be keen to replace him.
Things are currently not working according to plan for Alvaro Morata at Chelsea and while there is still the potential for him to turn things around, a move away from Stamford Bridge to more familiar surroundings might just be in his best interest.