Premier League: Jordi Alba insists Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata would be welcome at Barcelona

Premier League: Jordi Alba insists Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata would be welcome at Barcelona

‘He has been a top player for many years and would be very welcome’: Jordi Alba insists Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata would be greeted with open arms at the Nou Camp

  • Jordi Alba insists Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata would be welcome at Barcelona 
  • Speculation emerged the Catalan giants are considering a January move for him
  • Morata has struggled to command regular first-team action at Stamford Bridge 

Max Winters For Mailonline

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has insisted Alvaro Morata ‘would be very welcome’ at the club after speculation emerged the Catalan giants are considering a January move for him.

Morata has struggled to command a regular spot in the first-team at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017.

And as he continues to flatter to deceive under Maurizio Sarri he could soon find himself out of favour and heading towards the exit.

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has insisted Alvaro Morata 'would be very welcome' at the club

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has insisted Alvaro Morata 'would be very welcome' at the club

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has insisted Alvaro Morata ‘would be very welcome’ at the club

Alba insists Morata is a 'top player' and that he would welcome him to the Nou Camp

Alba insists Morata is a 'top player' and that he would welcome him to the Nou Camp

Alba insists Morata is a ‘top player’ and that he would welcome him to the Nou Camp

Morata’s agents have been in touch with La Liga’s leaders over a possible January deal for the Spanish international, according to The Mirror.

They report that a loan move until the end of the season is the most likely course of action, with the option of making it permanent in the summer.

Alba insists Morata is a ‘top player’ and that he would welcome him to the Nou Camp with open arms.   

‘Morata is a player that I appreciate a lot, he has been a top player for many years,’ he said on Thursday.

‘At the end, it’s the club’s [decision] if they want to sign him or not, as with any other player.

‘If the rumours are true, he would be very welcome, as all the new players [are].’ 

Morata (left) has failed to command a first-team spot under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea

Morata (left) has failed to command a first-team spot under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea

Morata (left) has failed to command a first-team spot under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea

The Spaniard has scored only five times in 14 league games so far this season

The Spaniard has scored only five times in 14 league games so far this season

The Spaniard has scored only five times in 14 league games so far this season

The 26-year-old is seeking regular first-team football, which he is not getting at Chelsea. 

Olivier Giroud has been preferred in recent weeks while Eden Hazard was handed a central role in the win over Manchester City last weekend.

Barcelona are seeking cover for Luis Suarez, who is receiving treatment for a knee injury that could restrict his availability over the course of the campaign.

The Catalan giants are short of central options in the front three, with first reserve Munir failing to fire and Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi better used in wide areas.

Morata may prove an unpopular choice given his history, having come through the Real Madrid academy.

Though it is not unheard of for a player to switch been the Nou Camp and the Bernabeu, it is not a regular occurrence. 



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