Any move for Morata could push DIEGO COSTA closer to the Stamford Bridge exit, with Atletico Madrid favourites for his signature. The Portuguese's squad boasts five of his own recruits - Lindelof, Lukaku, Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly - all of whom have (in theory) their best years to come.
According to Diario AS, the English champions are in a "privileged position" to sign the Spain international as he is an "express order" of Chelsea Coach Antonio Conte, who briefly managed him at Juventus.
In case you didn't know.
The Premier League champions are having to rethink their summer transfer plans after Manchester United hijacked a £75m deal to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton ahead of their title rivals. The Red Devils have announced the deal and are set to complete the medical and agree the personal terms soon.
Of all the various emotions Alvaro Morata must have felt, 'shocked' was surely the most publishable instead of the most accurate.
Vinculan a proceso a militar que disparó a huachicolero en Palmarito
En su opinión, la forma tan apresurada de resolver la impugnación hace pensar que tuvo un criterio ajeno a la justicia para darle prioridad a este asunto sobre otros.
And if they hoped to push through the simple transfer of a player who was not a guaranteed first-team player last season, they may have another thing coming.
Chelsea has tabled a 62-million pound (US$80 million) bid for the 24-year-old but Real Madrid is holding out for around 80 million pounds, the reports say.
Bookmakers are very much leaning to Chelsea being the next landing point for Morata - with BetVictor making them 1/2 favourites to land him. United's long limber up concludes with two more friendlies - against Valerenga (30 July, Oslo) and Sampdoria (2 August, Dublin) - before proceedings begin in earnest with a Uefa Super Cup showdown against Real Madrid in Skopje on 8 August.
The 25-year-old Colombia international made 22 La Liga appearances for Real last season, scoring eight goals, and featured six times in the UCL. I have stuff to finish this year.
Breaking away from Madrid?
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