Atletico in talks with Chelsea over Morata deal

Barcelona on lookout for striker after Munir sale: Coach Ernesto Valverde

Atletico Madrid are in talks with Chelsea over a potential January deal for striker Alvaro Morata.

Mateja Kezman, Hernan Crespo, Khalid Boulahrouz, Steve Sidwell, Franco Di Santo, Fernando Torres, Radamel Falcao and Alvaro Morata.

Morata was linked with a move to Sevilla earlier, but Chelsea have rejected their £40m offer and the Spanish side have decided not to pursue the 26-year old.

Maurizio Sarri's top target to replace Morata in his squad is Gonzalo Higuain, with the Argentine keen to end his loan spell at AC Milan and reunite with the manager who coached him during his successful period at Napoli.

Atletico are five points behind Barcelona in the Spanish league, but have managed to scored just 27 goals in 19 league games and are hoping to add more firepower up front.

It is likely, though, that Atletico will have to pay a fee as compensation, with reports claiming Sporting are demanding up to €105m (£93m/$120m) for the Portugal worldwide who has contributed just a single goal and no assists in 12 appearances for Simeone's side.

"This one could be one of the biggest moves of the transfer window". Former goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was allowed three successive seasons on loan with Los Rojiblancos, featuring between the sticks in their title-winning season, before returning to Stamford Bridge to take over from Petr Cech.

The report adds that Atletico need to get rid of the pair and possibly more players to ensure they do not overspend.

However, the Spaniard knows the league well and had a few decent years with Real Madrid before his move to Juventus and then to Chelsea.

As for Costa, where that leaves the striker if Morata does join Atletico it is not yet known.

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