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Chelsea Reach Verbal Agreement For £50m Striker To Join This Summer
Managers are now making plans for the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, Chelsea edge closer to signing Alvaro Morata…
Chelsea have a verbal agreement in place with Alvaro Morata for the £50m-rated striker to move to Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid this summer, according to a report in the Express.
Morata’s future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks as he’s struggled to force his way in to Zinedine Zidane’s starting eleven on a regular basis this season.
The 24-year-old re-joined Madrid last summer following a successful two-year stay with Juventus and the striker hoped to finally establish himself at his boyhood club after initially coming through their youth ranks.
However, Morata has continued to find himself behind Karim Benzema in the pecking order, despite managing to score an impressive 17 goals in his 15 starts in all competitions this campaign.
It seems Morata is tired of his bit-part role at the Bernabeu as the Express are citing reports coming from Spanish outlet Diario Gol that claim he’s now got a verbal agreement in place to join Chelsea this summer.
The Blues have been strongly linked with the Spanish hitman in recent months with Antonio Conte reportedly identifying Morata as a prime target to replace Diego Costa – who’s expected to leave at the end of the season.
Conte knows Morata well from their time together at Juve and the newspaper says that a reunion in west London is on the cards as the striker is now desperate to seal a move to Chelsea this summer.
We’ll have to wait and see whether the Blues will be able to agree fee for Morata over the coming weeks but the Express suggest it will take an offer of around £50m to persuade Madrid to cash-in.
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That sort of money shouldn’t be too much of a problem for a club with the financial resources of Chelsea so a move could be on the cards this summer if Morata continues to be out-of-favour between now and the end of the campaign.