Chelsea have just announced on their official website that Alvaro Morata will join Atletico Madrid permanently once his loan deal finishes next summer.
It’s a move that suits all parties. The player was desperate to go, his new club were happy with his performances since his arrival and needed to sign a striker, and Chelsea get rid of a seriously weighty asset for a good price.
According to Liam Twomey, the Chelsea correspondent of ESPN, we will receive £48m for the forward we signed for an initial fee of around £60m just two summers ago. Despite that significant loss, many are calling it a victory for Chelsea’s chief negotiator Marina Granovskaia.
Morata’s sale is the best outcome for all parties. Fee around £48m.
It’s also the second time in three years that Atletico have given Chelsea a better price for a problematic striker than they could have got elsewhere #cfc
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) July 6, 2019
The reasoning is that we were expected to get far less than that £48m; and there can be no denying that at times we looked like we’d be lucky to get a packet of crisps in return for the fragile forward. Her threatening to recall him because of our transfer ban has worked perfectly, and the Spanish club have quickly accepted that their bluff has been called.
But before we get too deep into the “PUT SOME RESPECT ON HER NAME!!” territory, let’s not forget who green-lit the purchase in the first place. There were very few people who thought the Spaniard was going to be worth that money at the time, and in the end he never even came close to justifying it.
We’ll never know who was really pushing for what in the summer of 2017, but it seemed Antonio Conte wanted Romelu Lukaku and ended up with Morata. If Marina was behind the buy, she deserves praise for clearing up the mess – but it shouldn’t be forgotten whose mess it was in the first place.