Chelsea will allow Alvaro Morata to leave in January, provided the club can “source a replacement” in January, so claims the Telegraph’s Matt Law (which is likely to be based off of information from a Chelsea source).
Chelsea will let Alvaro Morata leave in January if they can source a replacement @Matt_Law_DT #CFC https://t.co/jiVXggxFVa— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 9, 2019
Morata’s time at Chelsea has not been ideal to say the least. Either the man is not scoring or when he is scoring, he doesn’t seem to be happy at all, often cutting a sulky, grumpy figure. It’s been widely accepted that a move away from Chelsea would be the best for him and for the club.
Sevilla could prove to be a perfect place to revitalize his career and after Sevilla’s director confirmed their interest in the striker, their manager, too, has expressed similar sentiments after he was asked whether Morata would cause him any selection headaches.
“A problem? Not at all. Having Morata would be a bloody blessing for me. Many teams want him because he’s worth it. The aim of the club is clear: we want to bring the best in. If due to finances it can’t go ahead, nobody can feel frustrated. If we can’t, we will lower the bar a bit.”
-Pablo Machin; Source: Telegraph
Chelsea were always going to need to find a replacement for Morata, considering his form — despite Sarri’s claims to the contrary — and Morata was always going to be looking for a move away from the club towards greener pastures. Chelsea persisted with Torres for an untold amount of years; surely, we would not make a similar mistake again.
Or, as the great poets Nickelback put it:
Never made it as a wide man
I couldn’t cut it as
A striker even
Tired of missing like a blind man
One on one
I get a sinking feeling
And this is how you remind me
Of why Spain’s better fam
That said, it’s not obvious how Chelsea achieve this. There’s a distinct lack of good and viable transfer targets on the market, while Morata’s high wages and valuation will make him a difficult asset to move ... unless we’re ready to accept a big loss on him. Maybe it’s time to accept a big loss?
Whatever the case may be, January sure promises to be fun!