Official: Chelsea confirm Alvaro Morata departure for Atletico Madrid

Premier League giants Chelsea have this afternoon confirmed that Alvaro Morata is set to depart for Atletico Madrid on a permanent basis.

Atleti switch

On the back of a disappointing opening half to the 2018/19 season, Spanish striker Morata made a return to his home country in January, when he joined Atletico Madrid on an 18-month loan deal.

The 26-year-old subsequently went on to notch a respectable 6 goals and 1 assist across 15 La Liga outings.

As such, all signs since pointed to Atleti attempting to make Morata’s move permanent.

A report from the Telegraph last week, though, suggested that Chelsea would not make it easy for Diego Simeone’s men to do so.

Alvaro Morata during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The Blues were said to have been demanding that Los Rojiblancos stump up £50 million this summer, or risk Chelsea cutting their hitman’s loan stint at the Wanda Metropolitano short.

This claim was based around the fact that the English giants will be unable to sign any new players this summer, amid their FIFA-imposed transfer ban.

Chelsea exit

Such suggestions, though, have this afternoon been disproven.

In official statements across the two clubs’ respective social media platforms, both Chelsea and Atletico confirmed that Morata is set to make a permanent switch to the Spanish capital, but not this summer.

The hitman will remain on loan for the 2019/20 campaign, before Atleti activate an obligation to buy next summer:

‘We would like to thank Alvaro for his contribution and wish him the best of luck for the future.’

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