CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovich is trying to move away from sanctioning big-money deals for the club, according to transfer expert Dharmesh Sheth.
The Blues have only brought in Gonzalo Higuain this month and look unlikely to strengthen between now and Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Maurizio Sarri was keen to bring the Argentinian striker to the club, despite concerns raised by Chelsea chiefs.
But Sheth feels while the board will ultimately back the manager in the market, owner Abramovich is no longer willing to throw vast amounts of money at signings, as he did when he first took over the west London outfit.
“Sarri has made it clear he wants to bring his own people in, his own players,” he told the Transfer Talk Podcast.
“Jorginho came in during the summer and he made a huge play for Higuain despite reservations from Marina Granovskaia, the Chelsea director, but they got that deal done so he got his man.
“The other thing you could say, the way Chelsea are doing their business now, you used to see when Roman Abramovich came in, they’d throw money at it and bring in huge big name players on big contracts.
“I’m not saying they won’t do that again but they are trying to move away from that.”
Morata completed his Atletico switch on Monday, joining the Spanish outfit on an 18-month loan deal.
“Morata, if anything, the deal takes him off the wage bill firstly,” Sheth continued.
“It’s actually a loan deal, as far as I’m aware, with an option to buy him.
“It’s an 18 month loan and Chelsea, by the end of it, are trying to recoup £45million of that initial outlay.
“Chelsea’s thought process was probably ‘an 18-month loan deal gives Morata the chance to establish himself at Atletico Madrid in a league he knows well and has played in before’.
“If it doesn’t work out for him, Chelsea haven’t got that much of a risk as he still has two years left on his Chelsea contract. It expires in 2022.
“He will be about 27 years old by then and you’d still think he could command a big enough transfer fee. It doesn’t look like a huge risk on Chelsea’s part.
“If Morata goes there and scores a shedload of goals, Atletico will want to exercise the option. If he doesn’t, he will come back to Chelsea and who knows what the management structure will be like them?”