Morata ‘close to Chelsea’

Chelsea are ‘close’ to completing the signing of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata despite links to Milan, say reports.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the two clubs are in advanced negotiations for the 24-year-old striker who netted 15 goals in just 14 La Liga starts last season.

Reports earlier this week in Cadena Cope and Gazzetta Dello Sport stated the Rossoneri had offered €75m up front plus €10m in add-ons for the Spain international, with Madrid reportedly holding out for €90m.

Madrid refused to bargain down their asking price for the 24-year-old with Manchester United, who opted to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku instead.

That move had implications for Chelsea, who reportedly had the Belgian as their number one striking target.

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