Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is set to overlook a potential move to Chelsea and join free-spending AC Milan this summer instead, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
It looked set in stone that Morata was to join Man Utd just a couple of weeks ago – with United and Real a mere £5m apart in their respective valuations of the player – but United then opted to complete a £75m deal for Romelu Lukaku from Everton instead. Morata was left in the lurch, and Chelsea had been tipped as a potential destination for him in the wake of Lukaku’s move.
However, Chelsea’s attention appears to be split between a number of strikers as it stands – with Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believed to currently sit at the top of their wish list – and it could leave Milan free to secure a deal for Morata.
The report claims Morata, born and bred in Madrid, will move for around £61m and will then pocket a £170,000-a-week salary. He’s set to become yet another Milan signing – following Andre Silva, Ricardo Rodriguez, Hakan Calhanoglu, Andrea Conti, Mateo Musacchio, Franck Kessie, Fabio Borini, Lucas Biglia and Leonardo Bonucci through the door.
Milan are also interested in signing Bayern Munich star Renato Sanches on loan, so Morata could become the spearhead in an entirely new first team next season should Milan pull off the deal.
Real have already offloaded the likes of Pepe, Fabio Coentrao and James Rodriguez this summer, while bringing back Jesus Vallejo and signing Spanish Under-21 star Dani Ceballos from Real Betis.