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Chelsea flop Morata would be welcome to join Barcelona, says Alba

10:57 AM MYT 14/12/2018
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The Barca full-back would be happy to see his struggling international team-mate make the move back to Spain

Alvaro Morata would be welcomed at Barcelona if the forward makes the move from Premier League club Chelsea, according to full-back Jordi Alba.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a surprise January move to the La Liga giants and Serie A club AC Milan as he continues to struggle at Stamford Bridge.

Since making the move from Real Madrid in 2017, Morata has scored 16 goals in 45 Premier League matches for the Blues, with six of those strikes coming in his first six league games.

Alba, a Spain team-mate of Morata's, said he would be happy to see the former Juventus striker return to their country and join him at the Nou Camp.

"Morata is a player that I appreciate a lot, he has been a top player for many years," Alba 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 would likely only be allowed to leave Chelsea in the transfer window upcoming if coach Maurizio Sarri can source a replacement - with Olivier Giroud the only other senior striker in the squad.

Belgian attacker Michy Batshuayi is one player who could fill the void, with his loan club Valencia reportedly keen to send him back to London in January.

Another is loanee Tammy Abraham who has impressed during his short spell at Aston Villa, where he has netted seven in his last five.

While speculation will continue around Morata and his future, any potential transfer dealings could be dealt a blow by the injury the 26-year-old picked up in Thursday’s 2-2 draw with Hungarian side Vidi .

However, initial fears that it could be a long-term issue were partly quelled by Sarri after the game, when he admitted to the press that he does not believe the injury looks serious .

Despite the disappointing result on Thursday, the Blues still topped their Europa League group and face Brighton in the Premier League this weekend.