Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata finalising loan move to Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid are close to completing the loan signing of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata for the remainder of the season, say reports.

Morata joined the Blues from Real Madrid in a €65m deal last summer but has struggled for form for the majority of his time in the English capital.

Whilst Chelsea are said to prefer a permanent sale, Atleti are only in a position to negotiate a loan arrangement and are likely to need to move players on.

Los Rojiblancos are at the limit of their capped wage at €293m per annum whilst the futures of forwards Nikola Kalinic and Gelson Martins are said to be vulnerable.

Morata played for Atleti during his youth career and while Sevilla and Barcelona have both been linked to his signature this month, a move back to the Spanish capital now appears the most likely outcome.

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