Running out of options, Chelsea are set to turn to Real Madrid striker, Alvaro Morata. The 24-year-old Spanish international was believed to be on his way to Manchester United until the Red Devils stunned football with the speed of their move for Romelu Lukaku, 24.
World-class strikers are in short supply this summer and with the Blues resigned to losing Diego Costa, 28, to Atletico Madrid, Antonio Conte needs reinforcements. When Real initiated the buy-back option on Morata from Juventus last summer, Chelsea were one of the clubs touted as a potential destination for the expected quick sale.
It never happened. Real needed the cash to fund the purchase of Paul Pogba but the 25-year-old midfielder opted to move to Old Trafford for a world record fee. Florentino Perez, out of options for a Galactico signing, maintained that his plan had always been to keep the striker.
This year, however, Morata is surplus to requirements as the Spanish champions look to bring in Kylian Mbappe, 18, from AS Monaco. The young French international will cost in excess of €120m and Perez is determined to recoup as much of that as possible. The Daily Mail reports that the Real president is seeking €80m for the striker, a fee Chelsea are willing to meet in these desperate times.