Barcelona superstar agrees to join Arsenal, Real Madrid star on the verge of shock exit, Chelsea superstar holds talks with Atletico Madrid and more LaLiga news: 14 January 2019
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Alvaro Morata holds talks with Atletico Madrid as Sevilla pull out
Chelsea's misfiring striker Alvaro Morata is seemingly ready to give up on his time at West London and at the Premier League. The former Real Madrid striker who has had to endure a difficult period at Stamford Bridge after joining Chelsea in the summer of 2017 amid huge fanfare is now looking for a move away from the club.
Now, according to Goal, Morata was in the Spanish capital over the weekend in the hopes of negotiating a move back to Spain with Atletico Madrid keen on bringing him back to the LaLiga. The report claims that Sevilla were also interested in the Spaniard but have now pulled out of efforts to sign him after deeming him unaffordable.
Sevilla's director of football Joaquin Caparros attested to the same in a press conference recently, where he said,
"Sevilla is a desirable team for any footballer and Morata wanted to come here, but when we started talking about costs, we realised that it was impossible,"
Atletico Madrid are, therefore, frontrunners to sign the Spanish international. However, a deal will only happen if Chelsea can sign a replacement before the January transfer window ends.
However, the report also adds that Atletico Madrid are keen on bringing Morata on loan until the end of the season on a €3 million move whilst paying only 50% of his wages. Chelsea, on the other hand, is on the lookout for a potential suitor who will take Morata off their hands and pay his full wages which amount to €9 million a season.
Atletico's wage bill is already heavy but the Rojiblancos may be willing to offload summer arrival Gelson Martins who has failed to impress so far this season.