Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata is thought to be on his way out the Stamford Bridge exit door, but Maurizio Sarri insists that he’s available for selection for Chelsea’s trip to the Emirates.

It’s been widely reported that Alvaro Morata’s chapter as a Chelsea player is drawing towards its conclusion. Sevilla were the first side to be closely linked, but Atletico Madrid have superior financial power and are now looking like his most likely destination.

With Morata thought to have already agreed terms with Atletico, you could be forgiven for thinking that Maurizio Sarri would leave the Spaniard out of the matchday squad, much like he did while Cesc Fabregas was closing in on his transfer to Monaco. Perhaps not…

During his pre-match press conference, Sarri told the media that Morata had been involved in training with the squad this week and will be making the trip to the Emirates, despite the fact that he appears on the verge of returning to Madrid and becoming an Atletico player.

Until the deal for Gonzalo Higuain is signed and sealed, Sarri needs all the firepower he can get upfront. Morata’s inclusion will be considered, no doubt, but we’d expect Eden Hazard to be fielded as a false 9, with Olivier Giroud taking the spot on the bench. Sorry, Alvaro.

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