Alvaro Morata has completed the move to Spanish side Atletico Madrid, according to reports circulating in Spain.
The striker, who was exempted from Chelsea’s last game against Arsenal, has agreed to join Atletico on a loan deal until the end of the season. Details of the contract suggests that Atletico will pay €55million (£48.55million) for his services at the end of the season.
The 26-year-old striker is expected to be announced as an Atletico player on Monday ahead of an official announcement from Chelsea.
Morata failed to impress as Chelsea. He only managed five Premier League goals in the 16 appearances as he failed to convert the chances created by his teammates, much to the dismay of the fans and his manager
Meanwhile, the Blues are on the verge of completing the transfer of Gonzalo Higuain who is expected to be the direct replacement for Morata. The Argentine’s agent has been in London since last week and it is expected that the player will be undergoing medicals on Monday before the deal is announced within 24 hours.
AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has released an official statement over the transfer of Higuain to Chelsea even as he mulls over the absence of his key player.
Gattuso said: ‘The team right now, I want to be honest, is disturbed and worried. Today the finishing was not the best.
“After the video session I talked to him, it’s better this way even if there’s nothing done. It is right to go to war with people ready, Higuain is not. I’m not disappointed by him, I’ve been a player.
“I did everything, he behaved well with me. I accept the choice, it happened with Bonucci but I respect the choice. He could do more with him, and we too could do it better. “
Higuain is expected to feature in the FA Cup semi final game against Tottenham on Thursday. The 31-year-old will earn a top fee at Chelsea. It is believed that he earn around £270,000-a-week at the Stamford Bridge.