Álvaro Morata’s move to Atlético Madrid appears to have become unstuck, finally, with the Chelsea striker arriving in Madrid last night to finalize and complete his loan move to Atlético Madrid.
Álvaro Morata has just arrived in Madrid to sign as new Átletico player. His contract has been signed. Loan + buy option around €50M agreed with Chelsea. Here we go! #CFC #Atleti #Chelsea— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 27, 2019
There’s even video evidence of Morata being welcomed at the pearly gates. Or some gates.
So, it’s safe to say this is happening, even if AS Monaco are dragging their heels on their end of the transfer dominoes in the wake of their backroom upheaval.
Primeras palabras de Morata a su llegada a Madrid:— MARCA (@marca) January 27, 2019
️ "Empecé jugando en el Atleti. La gente que sabe de dónde vengo, sabe mi historia y lo que significa esto para mí"
@_AinhoaSG https://t.co/QhrsFcYyO7 pic.twitter.com/a5RhC0Kx0e
Accosted by reporters at the gates, Morata gave a brief update as well.
“I’m happy to be in Madrid, I’ve been waiting for many days, I still need final authorization but I’m super happy and I want everything to be finalized, to start and train again with my colleagues.
“The people who have always been with me know how I feel today, how the last days have been. It’s normal for people to think whatever they want, I know what I can do. I started playing at Atleti, people who know where I come from know my history, what this means to me. The past is the past, I am proud of that. This Sunday is the (medical) examination, knock on wood that everything goes well.”
-Álvaro Morata; source: Marca via Google Translate
Reports in Spain agree that the deal is an 18-month loan with the option to buy set at €50m. When exactly that option can be exercised is not quite clear, but June 2020 is certainly one date. AS report that Chelsea do have a (limited) recall clause as well, with the stipulation that he can only be called back to play in the first-team and if Chelsea activate that clause, Atléti can also opt to exercise their buyout clause early. Or something.
Sounds complicated, though I’d be surprised to see Morata play for Chelsea ever again.
Fare thee well, Álvaro.