Chelsea are blocking Alvaro Morata's move to Atletico Madrid, says Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
The Spaniard is destined to sign for Diego Simeone's side after the Blues completed the loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain last Wednesday.
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Morata, who signed for Chelsea in a club-record £65m switch in 2017, has disappointed in his time at Stamford Bridge – scoring only 24 goals in 72 appearances.
It seems his move to Atletico is being held up for a couple of reasons.
“What's interesting of course is that has caused a domino effect as we've been saying all along this month, that is, of course, Morata expects to go to Atletico Madrid,” Balague told The Guillem Balague Transfer Show.
“He's got all the personal terms agreed, his family already have flown to Madrid.
“But it's interesting the take from the Spanish media last night, which was that Chelsea is now not so sure about selling Morata and is actually blocking the move.
“‘Something is happening!' The only thing that's happening really is that Atletico Madrid not only have to get rid of Gelson Martins, who is going on loan to Monaco but somebody else.
“It could be perhaps Jonny, who is at Wolverhampton – maybe sell him. Or Kalinic, they've put him in the transfer market but nobody seems to be coming with good offers.
“It's all about Financial Fair Play. Atletico Madrid are completely confident that they can sort it out. But meanwhile, Simeone wanted Morata, Simeone, who rang Morata to convince him to come to Atletico Madrid, is basically just waiting for Morata to arrive.”
“Atletico Madrid are working hard to get rid of one more player to be able to adhere to Financial Fair Play.”.
The 26-year-old began his youth career at Atletico, before joining Getafe and ultimately leaving them to join Real Madrid – where he would go on to make 52 first-team appearances.
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Morata insists his Los Blancos connection won't affect his relationship with Atleti supporters.
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