Alvaro Morata completes 18-month loan to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea

Jonny Castro Otto

Jonny Castro Otto

Wolves are moving ever closer to signing loanee Jonny Otto on a permanent basis before the end of the transfer window, according to the Express and Star.

The 28-year-old has been on loan with Middlesbrough since August, playing 13 times in all competitions.

But he netted just once more for the rest of 2017-18, as injuries and poor form severely disrupted his impact.

Maurizio Sarri opted to keep Morata after joining from Napoli, but the Spain global struggled again this season, scoring five times in 16 Premier League outings.

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He is now free to hold personal negotiations with other clubs, as he entered the final six months of his contract in January. And Mata's availability on a free transfer at the end of the season has emerged as an enticing avenue for Barcelona .

Jonny's parent club Atletico Madrid are apparently open to the prospect of selling him this month and the deal is expected to be completed before Thursday's deadline. "I can't wait to start training, meet my new team-mates and play", Morata said.

Atletico are scheduled to face two of Morata's former clubs in the next month - with games against Real Madrid (February 9 - La Liga) and Juventus (February 20 - Champions League). "The past is the past, I am proud of that".

Otto, who only joined Atletico in the summer from Celta Vigo, has made 21 appearances for Nuno Espirito Santo's team, scoring once in the 2-0 win over Southampton.

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