Tuesday 25 September 2018

Chelsea snap up Morata

Alvaro Morata. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Alvaro Morata. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Chelsea have agreed terms with Real Madrid for the transfer of Spanish striker Alvaro Morata.

The 24-year-old, who helped Real to the Champions League title last season, is still to agree personal terms and pass a medical before his £60m move is officially confirmed.

The Blues stepped up their bid for Morata after Romelu Lukaku, opted instead to join Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

United had originally been favourites to land Morata, but turned to Lukaku after failing to come close enough to Real's reported £75million asking price.

That left the way clear for Chelsea to step up their bid for the Spanish star, who played under Blues boss Antonio Conte at Juventus.

Despite making no secret of his desire to leave Real, Morata jetted out for the club's pre-season tour to the US, from which he is now expected to return.

He scored 15 league goals last season but had limited starts behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

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