Barcelona Latest Side To Consider Loan Move For Alvaro Morata
Alvaro Morata's January transfer window has been complicated once more with Barcelona the latest club linked with a potential move for the out of form and out of favour Chelsea striker.
About a year ago Antonio Conte was unhappy with his options upfront for Chelsea. Alvaro Morata hadn't replaced Diego Costa in the way the Italian was hoping and the hunt for a striker was on in January.
It was a hunt that went far and wide with an incredible number of names being linked with a potential move to Stamford Bridge including Ashley Barnes from Burnley and Peter Crouch from Stoke City, if you'd played upfront in the Premier League and still had two legs chances were you were being talked about.
Eventually the Blues were involved in the tri-striker deal that saw Michy Batshuayi move to Borussia Dortmund, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang move to Arsenal and Olivier Giroud go to Chelsea.
A year on and whilst the manager has changed the problem has not with Morata now being left out for Eden Hazard in the front striker role.
Now the Spaniard is being linked with a move away from west London with Valencia and Atletico Madrid having previously been rumoured to be interested.
Spanish paper SPORT report that Barcelona are weighing up the idea of signing a striker on a short term deal and Morata would be top of their list should they decide to sign one.
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The Catalan side are yet to make a decision whether they are going to try and sign a striker and have contacted Chelsea about Morata, although it wasn't a formal offer.
Barca could see Denis Suarez and Munir leave the Camp Nou this month and Ernesto Valverde would then consider bringing in a forward to replace them.
The manager could look at his current squad for alternatives with Malcom and Ousmane Dembele considered at potential strikers.
Morata is seemingly desperate to get out of England, or at least Chelsea, and is hoping for a temporary move this month with a permanent move in the summer.
Could Barca be his next destination or will the La Liga champions decide to go a different route than the former Real Madrid forward?