Sevilla have ended their pursuit of signing Alvaro Morata on loan this month, leaving Atletico Madrid as the front runners for the striker’s signature.
It was heavily reported before the winter break that Sevilla sporting director Joaquin Caparros was actively looking at bringing Morata to the club, and that seem to gain pace as the New Year began after reports of the striker’s agent holding a meeting with the Andalusian club’s bosses.
Marca reported that Juanma Lopez met with Caparros last week and both discussed their plans moving forward, however, after talks over contract terms – the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan outfit have now called it a day.
The former Real Madrid and Juventus man has found playing time hard to come by at Chelsea this season and a loan deal away from England has been mentioned this month.
Atletico Madrid are now said to be the front runners to make that move happen, indicating a need to sign a striker in January.
The Wanda Metropolitano side have relied heavily on Antoine Griezmann of late, seeing the Frenchman score their last six goals in all competitions.
Diego Costa is currently out injured, whilst Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic has played a bit part role so far this season.