Chelsea’s Morata in shock move to Barcelona
Barcelona could offer Alvaro Morata a surprise end to his Chelsea nightmare.
Spain striker Morata’s agents are trying to get him away from Stamford Bridge after 18 largely ineffective months — and intermediaries have been in touch with La Liga giants Barca about a possible January deal.
The Spanish champions need cover for Luis Suarez. The former Liverpool frontman is having stem-cell treatment to try to cure a knee problem, and there are doubts over his availability for the remainder of the season.
Former back-up Paco Alcacer has been sold to Borussia Dortmund, and current reserve Munir has proved ineffective so far.
A loan move for Morata for the rest of the season is the most likely option, with the possibility of a permanent deal in the summer. The 26-year-old wants regular football, with his move to Chelsea having turned sour.
Morata has five league goals from 14 appearances this season, including 10 starts
Morata, signed from Barca’s bitter rivals Real Madrid for £65million when Antonio Conte was still Blues boss, is no longer able to hold down a regular place under successor Maurizio Sarri.