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Morata’s Atletico loan spell could determine whether Simeone swoops for Richarlison

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Morata’s Atletico loan spell could determine whether Simeone swoops for Richarlison

Atletico Madrid reportedly want Everton hitman Richarlison but with Alvaro Morata already on loan with Diego Simeone’s men, their futures could be linked.

Everton forward Richarlison is wanted by Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window, according to the Daily Star, via Spanish outlet AS.

They report that Atletico face competition from Chelsea, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain for his signature but are willing to battle because Diego Simeone likes his ability to chip in with goals from a wide position.

Richarlison’s quality and age profile are also reportedly of interest to Atletico but they are unwilling to stretch their budget to a ridiculous level to land the Brazilian.

And one Premier League forward already finds himself part of Simeone’s squad – Chelsea flop Alvaro Morata, who joined Atletico on loan during last month’s transfer window.

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And if Morata can convince his loan manager about his qualities, Atletico may just be tempted to keep the major money it would likely take to snare Richarlison and put their faith in Morata instead.

 

Morata played some of the best football of his career with Atletico’s local rivals Real Madrid and a return to La Liga may just be what he needs in order to come out of his shell.

There doesn’t look to be too much of a future for him at Stamford Bridge – he has not handled the expectation of being the main striker in west London well at all.

And if Simeone decides to make Morata’s loan deal permanent, it would go a long way towards helping Everton keep hold of Richarlison, who has emerged as such an important player this season.

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