Alvaro Morata Agrees to 2020 Atletico Madrid Transfer After Loan from Chelsea

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 6, 2019

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Alvaro Morata of Atletico Madrid with his sons during the La Liga Santander  match between Atletico Madrid v Real Valladolid at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on April 27, 2019 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Alvaro Morata in July 2020 after the Chelsea striker completes his loan in Spain in the upcoming campaign.

Morata spent the second half of last season on loan at the Wanda Metropolitano after joining on an 18-month loan, scoring six goals in 17 appearances.

Atletico confirmed on Saturday the Spain international will return to Madrid and finish that spell this campaign before completing his permanent transfer next year:

Newly appointed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has made the decision to allow Morata to leave despite the fact the Blues are set to serve a transfer ban this summer and can't register new players.

The deal means Morata's last appearance for Chelsea—assuming he doesn't return—was a match-winning performance in January's 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Nottingham Forest when he scored both goals.

It was reported at the time of Morata's move back to Madrid that Atletico could make the move permanent for a fee of £48.5 million.

Chelsea will have recovered much of their £60 million investment in the player after he signed from Real Madrid in 2017, with Morata having failed to find much success during his short spell in the Premier League.

ESPN FC's Liam Twomey remarked upon Morata's low standing at Stamford Bridge and the fact Chelsea were willing to sell even though they're unable to sign a replacement through the transfer market:

Lampard presumably has plans in store for 21-year-old Chelsea academy graduate Tammy Abraham, who scored 26 goals on loan at Aston Villa last season. Two of those came against Derby County, whom Lampard managed until he received the call to return to Stamford Bridge as coach.

Chelsea paid tribute to Morata after his planned 2020 exit was confirmed. The 26-year-old leaves England with a record of 24 goals and six assists in 72 appearances for the Blues.

Graham Hunter recently appeared on Eleven Sports and said Morata—who spent time in Real's academy before moving into their first team and eventually joining Juventus—has more to offer:

Antoine Griezmann continues to be linked with the Wanda Metropolitano exit, per BBC Sport, while Atleti recently confirmed the £113 million signing of Portuguese prodigy Joao Felix from Benfica.

Atletico have moved early to secure Morata's signature on permanent terms, and he'll look to build on a promising start with the club as he returns to his hometown with a secure future.

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