Alvaro Morata’s worst nightmare may be about to become true unless Atletico Madrid pay up the £50m they owe to Chelsea.
Morata left Chelsea in January on an 18-month loan deal with boyhood club Atletico following a terrible experience in London.
The Spanish striker scored just 24 times in 72 games in a Blues jersey and simply couldn’t make the kind of impact expected of someone who cost the club a record £60m to sign from Real Madrid in 2017.
Morata recently opened up on the hell he endured at Chelsea, where he lost his confidence and became a forlorn figure in the squad.
The 26-year-old later described joining Atletico this year as “the best thing that could happen to me in my life”.
But the Telegraph claims that Morata may be on the verge of reliving his hellish experience at Chelsea unless Atletico are willing to pay £50m to retain him.
With Antoine Griezmann seemingly on his way out, Atletico will be reluctant to lose another forward in Morata. Furthermore, he’s enjoyed a welcome return to form at the club and finished last season with six goals in 17 games.
But Los Colchoneros are also on the verge of pulling off a major coup in the transfer window by signing Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix.
The 19-year-old is the next big thing in European football and had been linked with moves to Juventus, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Manchester United.
But Atletico have made big progress in their attempts to sign Felix after offering Benfica €126m. The teenager’s father confirmed on Friday that his son has already spoken to the club’s manager Diego Simeone.
Therefore, doubts are beginning to creep in over at Stamford Bridge on whether they will ever get their £50m.
Although Frank Lampard may welcome back Morata with open arms should he replace Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager. He will only have Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham as his attacking options next season.