Simeone yet to confirm Morata’s signing

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Alvaro Morata of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on November 4, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone remains coy on the possibility of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata joining the club.

Morata a €65m signing from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017 but has struggled to produce the goods for the London side since his move.

Rumours in the Spanish press are rife Morata will join Atleti on an 18-month loan deal for a €7.5m fee, while the club will also hold a €40m option to sign the Spain international permanently.

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.

“It has not happened yet so it is not a reality,” Simeone told reporters on Friday, as cited by Football Espana.

“I will only talk about players who are at this club and if Morata does join us, then I will tell you what I think.”

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The club is considering the option of sending out Nikola Kalinic and Gelson Martins with Monaco and Arsenal the most likely destination.

Los Rojiblancos are at the limit of their capped wage at €293m per annum and would be looking to balance the account.