Odds slashed on Alvaro Morata joining Atletico Madrid

Odds slashed on Alvaro Morata joining Atletico Madrid

With Chelsea reportedly keen on signing a striker this month, there are plenty of question marks surrounding the future of Alvaro Morata.

The Blues have been strongly linked with Gonzalo Higuain in the last 48 hours, with some reports suggesting that he is on the verge of joining Maurizio Sarri’s side. Callum Wilson and Mauro Icardi are also rumoured to be targets for the Blues in the last week, with many tipping Morata to leave Stamford Bridge should any of these three names arrive.

It is thought that the Spaniard would favour a return to La Liga should his time in West London be over, and today the odds for him to join Atletico Madrid have been slashed. Diego Simeone’s side are now in as favourites at 2/1 with Sky Bet to sign the former Juventus man, whilst at Betfair they are odds on to sign him at 4/5.

Prior to today, Sevilla were the 7/4 favourites to sign the Spanish international but they have now drifted out to 5/2 after their sporting director Joaquin Caparros said: “It is true that we have an interest in this player [Morata], but it is a very, very complicated operation.”

Gonzalo Higuain has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge before February 3rd.

Morata has endured a difficult spell at Chelsea since arrive for £70 million from Real Madrid in 2017. He has netted just 24 times in 72 appearances for the Blues and has recently been in and out of the team, with Sarri tending to play Eden Hazard as a false nine.

Whether a move to Atletico Madrid would be a good one for him however is up for debate. Los Rojiblancos already have two quality strikers in their first team, Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann but with the former currently out following a foot operation they are believed to be looking for cover in the short term.

Simeone was asked about the possibility of signing Morata following their 1-1 draw against Girona in the Copa del Rey yesterday, but was coy on the rumours. He said: “I don’t speak about players that aren’t with us, only those that are. I can’t confirm or deny anything because coaches wait to see what the club can do.”