Alvaro Morata to join Atletico Madrid on permanent deal

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will join Atletico Madrid on a permanent basis after his 18-month loan expires at the end of next season.

Morata, 26, has been at Atletico since January, scoring six goals in 17 games for the Spanish side.

He was Chelsea’s record signing when he joined for £60m from Real Madrid on a five-year contract in July 2017 and scored 24 goals in 72 games.

The former Real Madrid and Juventus player won the FA Cup while at Chelsea.

The striker will remain on loan at the Wanda Metropolitano for the 2019-20 season before signing permanently on July 1, 2020.

He has looked more comfortable in familiar surroundings and will head into next season now knowing that his future in the Spanish capital is secure – where he’ll line up alongside fellow new signing Joao Felix, who has joined Diego Simeone’s side for a gargantuan fee of £113m.

“We would like to thank Alvaro for his contribution and wish him the best of luck for the future” the official website of Chelsea responded to the transfer.