Atletico Madrid will trigger their option to sign Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata on a permanent basis, according to reports in Spain.
The 26-year-old’s loan deal expires in the summer of 2020 but the La Liga side have already opted to keep the forward and pay €55m (£48m).
Morata has scored six goals in 17 appearances for Atletico, displacing another former Blues star, Diego Costa, from the starting eleven.
The likely departure of Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona means manager Diego Simeone is keen to retain the services of the Chelsea forward.
Griezmann has a £104m release clause which Barca will look to trigger, meaning Atletico could then use some of that money on Morata.
Despite having failed to make his mark at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea won’t make much of a loss on the £60m they paid Real Madrid for the player two years ago.
As well as the £48m they have to pay to sign Morata permanently, Atletico paid an initial £9m loan fee to the Blues, making their total outlay £57m.