That option could ‘limit the future movements that Atletico expect in the summer’ and ‘put at risk extensions of important players that the club intend to carry out’.
Were Chelsea to get a deal done with one of Morata’s suitors, they would then almost certainly move for a replacement striker.
Higuain is currently on loan from Juventus at AC Milan, meaning the Blues would have to negotiate with two clubs over a deal.
Express Sport understands Chelsea would ideally like to strike an 18-month loan deal with Juventus, with a purchase option available in the summer of 2020.
But that would entail Milan playing ball and agreeing to let up the remaining six months of Higuain’s loan at the San Siro.