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Chelsea close in alvaro Morata deal

Chelsea close in alvaro Morata deal
Chelsea close in alvaro Morata deal

Chelsea are close to a deal with Real Madrid to sign striker Alvaro Morata, according to Sky sources.

The Spain international will arrive in London on Thursday morning and is expected to undergo a medical at Chelsea with a view to signing a five-year contract, according to Sky in Italy.

Manchester United had been in talks to sign Morata prior to the signing of Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku, but they refused to pay Real’s £70.7m (€80m) asking price.

After missing out on Lukaku, Chelsea focused on their other targets namely Morata, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andrea Belotti and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

They made a decisive move for Morata on Wednesday after being told that Aguero and Borussia Dortmund’s Aubameyang were not for sale.

Torino’s Belotti has been linked with a move to Serie A rivals AC Milan.

Morata was Antonio Conte’s top target after Lukaku. Conte signed Morata for Juventus when he was in charge of the side in 2014, but left to manage the Italy national team shortly afterwards.

Sky sources understand the Chelsea boss still wants to sign another striker this summer, although that may just be in a back-up role.

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