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Barcelona sell Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla - is this the worst news for Chelsea?

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Munir El Haddadi had come up through the Barcelona youth ranks and previously enjoyed loan spells at Valencia and Alaves.

But he has now left the club with a €1m fee agreed between Barcelona and Sevilla - pending a medical.

El Haddadi’s contract was up in the summer and the transfer now means he gets his move six months earlier than planned.

But El Haddadi joining Sevilla could spell bad news for Chelsea.

That is because Sevilla are interested in signing Alvaro Morata from the Blues.

Sevilla, Valencia and Atletico Madrid have all been linked with the Spain striker.

Morata wants to leave Stamford Bridge and his agent Juanma Lopez was in talks with Atletico this week.

Sevilla officials have confirmed their interest in the ex-Real Madrid striker but the cost of the Chelsea transfer seems to be the main problem.

And Sevilla may now withdraw their interest altogether - now El Haddadi has signed.

The forward played just 11 games for Barca this season, scoring twice.

The arrivals of Philippe Coutinho, Malcom and Ousmane Dembele over the past 18 months have reduced further his chances of game time.

Sevilla are gunning for a top-four spot in La Liga this season, having briefly challenged Barca for top spot before the Nou Camp club pulled clear this winter.

As for Chelsea, they are seeking a replacement for Morata but would only make a move in the striker department if he were sold.

Christian Pulisic will arrive from Borussia Dortmund in the summer - but Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud may also leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

And that leaves manager Maurizio Sarri with a transfer headache, as reported target Gonzalo Higuian looks set to remain in Serie A.

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