Alvaro Morata’s agent has travelled to London on Wednesday to meet with Chelsea officials and discuss a potential January loan move to Sevilla, a source said.
Juanma Lopez met Sevilla director Joaquin Caparros at the beginning of the week to sound out any potential deal following the former Real Madrid forward’s difficult start to the campaign, in which he has scored nine goals in 24 matches — starting just 18 games.
Caparros confirmed Sevilla’s interest in Morata on Tuesday with an interview to the club’s TV channel, as he explained their desire to sign at least one forward in this window to complement Andre Silva and Wissam Ben Yedder.
Sevilla are third in La Liga but are also competing in the Europa League and Copa del Rey and manager Pablo Machin tends to play a 3-5-2 system with two forwards.
Morata would welcome a return to Spain as he looks to relaunch his career following a difficult last 18 months.
Despite confirming Sevilla’s interest in Morata, Caparros said negotiations would be difficult due to the total fee — including the player’s wages — while Chelsea would likely need to sign a replacement before allowing the Spaniard to leave.
“It is true that we have monitored Morata’s situation but it’s also true that it’s a very, very complex operation because of the cost of the transfer,” Caparros said.
Machin is excited at the prospect of having Morata in his side.
“Big teams have big players — then the coach has to manage those players, Machin said. “I say that the players themselves are the ones who put themselves in [the lineup] with their performances.
“Having Morata would be a good problem for me — or I’ll even take away the word problem. It would be a blessing for me. No one gets anything for free.
“At the time, they [Chelsea] paid a lot of money because he was worth it. Many teams want him because he’s worth it. Morata has excelled at Juventus, at Madrid and is producing good performances at Chelsea. The reality and numbers back this up.”
Machin also said the club’s pursuit of Morata shows the club are aiming high.
“We have to be aware of our expectations,” Machin said. “We are trying to approach players that very few clubs have access to.
“The objective of the club is clear: wanting 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. They [the club officials] will know how long we can wait before changing the target and if someone can help us as soon as possible.”
Reports in Seville claim that the player’s agents have informed Sevilla that the 26-year-old is prepared to reduce his wages in order to join them on loan.
Morata, who is tied to Chelsea until June 2022, reportedly earns €9 million net per season and is a target for teams in Italy and Germany. However, he is keen to sign for Sevilla, according to Caparros.
“It’s true that he [Morata] may want to move to Sevilla above other options but I reiterate that it’s a hugely difficult move because Chelsea is a difficult club to negotiate with,” Caparros said. “Negotiation is an art.
“We do have good and experienced negotiators at the club.”