Chelsea are ready to make an €80m bid for want away Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, according to reports in Spain and Sky Sports.
After the Blues’ deal with Romelu Lukaku was hijacked by Manchester United, the west London outfit now re-begin the search for Diego Costa’s replacement from square one.
However, with Lukaku heading to Old Trafford, United have seemingly dropped their interest in Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata – opening the door for Chelsea to reignite their interest in the Spaniard.
And now, according to AS, Chelsea are willing to pay a massive €80m for his services – which will surely be accepted if the bid comes to fruition.
Reports claimed that United and Madrid couldn’t settle on an agreement for Morata’s transfer fee – United only happy to pay €60m whilst Madrid were after €70m; so Chelsea’s offer should get Real’s tail up.
Morata and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte are believed to have a very strong relationship after working together at Juventus.
It was Conte that played a key role in bringing Morata into the Juventus line-up in 2014, and the pair are believed to be eager to reunite – Morata desperate to find first team football at a top European team ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
AS also claim that Morata and Chelsea would not have any trouble in agreeing personal terms. The 24-year-old would sign for five or six years, and would increase his current wage (the striker earns roughly €6m-per-year at the Bernabeu).
Signing Morata would be the first step to calming down Antonio Conte – who is said to be fuming at the club’s inability to sign Lukaku.