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Alvaro Morata was not part of Chelsea’s squad for the win over Newcastle

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde refused to be drawn on the prospect of trying to sign out-of-sorts Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata following the departure of Munir El Haddadi.

Morata was a club-record £70m signing from Real Madrid in 2017, but the 26-year-old has suffered from a loss of form this season and has only managed five Premier League goals this term.

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri fuelled speculation Morata could be set to depart Stamford Bridge when he told reporters on Friday: “If Morata will go to another club we will need a replacement.”

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