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Fee agreed! Chelsea forward edging closer to La Liga move

The finances of the deal that could end Alvaro Morata’s nightmare spell at Chelsea have been agreed according to reports.

A disheartening 18-month spell at Stamford Bridge has entered its final hours for Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard became Chelsea’s most expensive signing when he moved to London to gain regular game time as a No.9 for a top-tier European club. However, things haven’t panned out according to plan either for the Blues or for the player. After being overlooked by two Italian gaffers, Morata is all set to reunite with an Argentinian who clearly values his contributions.

According to reports from several reliable resources, Chelsea have agreed on a fee for Alvaro Morata’s move to Atletico Madrid. He will move to Wanda Metropolitano on an initial six-month loan deal with an option to buy. Rojiblancos can extend his stay by outright buying the player for £48.5 million.

Sky Sports is reporting that the transfer will be completed later today which would mean that the Spaniard will be available for selection as Atletico face Getafe on Saturday on home turf. The former Real Madrid will join Diego Costa in the capital, the man he was brought in to replace at Stamford Bridge. Morata hasn’t appeared for Chelsea since their FA Cup win against Nottingham Forest.

The latest updates also give credibility to the rumours of Gonzalo Higuain reuniting with Maurizio Sarri before the transfer window closes.

Author’s Take

The big European striker merry-go-round has finally seen its first piece fall into place. Krzysztof Piatek is close to a move to Milan, clearing both the obstacles blocking Higuain’s transfer to West London. Could this mark an upturn in Chelsea’s fortune, who desperately need a mid-season boost? We’ll have to see but at least Maurizio Sarri won’t be able to complain about the club’s transfer dealings any more.

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