Chelsea are looking to offload one of their big-money signings in January, with West Ham lurking, while Manchester United are on the trail of a man branded the ‘new Kaka’, according to Wednesday’s papers.
CHELSEA READY TO SEND MORATA OUT ON LOAN
Chelsea and West Ham are in talks over a possible deal for Alvaro Morata, according to reports.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, in a story picked up by the Daily Express, the two clubs held talks over the player over the summer, before it was decided he’d be given the chance to prove his worth under new boss Mauricio Sarri.
The Spain striker disappointed during his first season at the club and it’s claimed West Ham hoped to lure him across London on either a temporary or a permanent basis.
However, it’s claimed a possible deal could be resurrected in January with Morata not a sure-fire starter under Sarri and the Italian coach leaning towards starting with Olivier Giroud up front.
Uncertainty over Morata’s future comes after Sarri revealed he is assessing his attacking options on a game-by-game basis.
“On Saturday Oliver played very well,” Sarri said.
“Without scoring but he was very useful for his team-mates.
“In the last two weeks I have seen four matches of Cardiff and four matches of PAOK Salonika and I thought Giroud was more suitable for the Cardiff match and Morata for the other.
“So I don’t know who will be the striker of the future but I think both because we have to play 60 matches.
“In characteristics they are different and it depends on the kind of match.”
Should Chelsea make Morata available for transfer, it’s claimed West Ham would face a battle with AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid all keen on the player.
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