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Atlético Madrid readying bid for Álvaro Morata following Chelsea gambit — report

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According to the Telegraph, Spanish club Atlético Madrid are preparing a transfer bid for Chelsea striker Álvaro Morata, who’s already at their club but just on loan.

Earlier this summer, Chelsea seemingly warned Atlético that they could risk losing Morata if they did not exercise their buy-option in the current transfer window — if Chelsea were to activate the recall clause, Atléti would be forced to pay up or let him go. It’s not clear if the bid they’re now preparing is that €55m option, or if they will try to negotiate something lower. Either way, Chelsea’s gambit just might have worked.

It’s been a very busy and expensive summer at Atlético, who have collected massive transfer fees for Lucas Hernandéz (€80m to Bayern Munich) and Rodri (€70m to Manchester City) and eventually will for Antoine Griezmann (€120m to Barcelona) as well, but have also spent over €175m on João Félix, Marcos Llorente, and Felipe Monteiro.

So they should still have some left over to send our way for Morata, and give the striker the happy ending he so desires, after becoming quite unhappy with life in England.