Premier League champions, Chelsea have agreed a deal with Real Madrid for the transfer of Spain forward, Alvaro Morata, the PL champions have announced.
“Chelsea Football club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge,” the Blues said in a statement on their official website.
“The move is now subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical,” it concluded.
Morata was expected to join Premier league rivals, Manchester United, but the Red Devils signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton instead, having failed to reach an agreement with Madrid.
Chelsea were in the market for a striker, following reports manager, Antonio Conte, told Diego Costa that he doesn’t figure in his plans for the 2017/2018 season via a text.
Conte was left frustrated after seeing a deal for Lukaku hijacked by rivals, United, despite matching the offer made by the Jose Mourinho led side late on.
However, the Italian has moved swiftly to sign Morata, with reports saying that the 24 year-old was his main target to replace Costa, who was seen partying in an Atletico Madrid shirt.
Morata, who was resigned by Madrid after exercising a buy-back option in his Juventus contract, is expected to leave Los Blancos’s training camp in the US to complete his €80million plus a further €5million in variables, as reported in the Spanish media, Chelsea move.
So, Conte gets his man, who helped Real Madrid seal a second consecutive UEFA Champions League title last season, and also scored 15 goals in 26 appearances as Madrid emerged La Liga champions.
The Spain International becomes the club’s fourth signing of the summer, after the initial arrivals of Willy Caballero, defender, Antonio Rudiger, and midfielder, Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco.