Morata: Atlético join the chase for Chelsea striker

Morata: Atlético join the chase for Chelsea striker

Chelsea are happy to allow Morata to leave, but they first want to source a replacement, which they have identified as Gonzalo Higuain.

Sarri has not lost his desire to sign Higuain and it is claimed the Argentine has given the green light to the move.

On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is wanted by Chelsea - a situation that irks Leonardo.

Sarri has reportedly told the club that he wants Higuain, who is now on loan at AC Milan, having previously worked with the Argentine at Napoli.

Morata is a target for Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, according to ESPN FC sources, with Diego Simeone viewing him as a potential successor to Diego Costa in attack.




The move is a complicated one given the loan agreement between the two Serie A clubs, but Chelsea have been working on a deal for a number of weeks.

Chelsea are not prepared to sell Morata in January, mindful of the fact that his underwhelming performances at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017 ensure that he will not attract offers anything like the £58 million they paid to sign him.

Information from ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey and Spain correspondent Eduardo Fernandez-Abascal was used in this report.

If Sarri is unable to convince Chelsea over Higuain, the Italian will turn his attention to Wilson, who has scored 10 goals in 23 matches in all competitions for Bournemouth this season.

The Blues are understood to be in the market for a new striker having resorted to playing Eden Hazard through the middle due to the inconsistent form of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

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