Chelsea Push Real Madrid into Decision on Alvaro Morata’s Future as They Eye £40m Move

Chelsea are pressuring European champions Real Madrid to make their decision on whether to exercise a £23m buy-back option on Juventus striker Alvaro Morata – so they are able to secure the player’s signature themselves.

​Mail Online report that Blues boss Antonio Conte wants to lure the Spanish international forward to Stamford Bridge, but Real currently hold all the cards regarding the player’s future. They are able to trigger the clause at some point this summer, but feel as though they’re able to sell the player on immediately for a huge profit.

Chelsea are one of the clubs interested, though the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain and Juventus themselves want to ensure Morata joins them permanently.

Real hope they can make as much as £50m on a Morata sale – but they will sell to the highest bidder – and Chelsea are ready to put up the necessary funds to do the deal. However, they must wait for Real to make their move first.

The Blues view Morata as an alternative to Romelu Lukaku – who is set to leave Everton this summer but valued at £65m – as they feel as though they will struggle to sign any one of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund, or Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain is another big-name target.


Morata ​confirmed last week that he has offers from England, and he could look to move to the Premier League this summer: “I know exactly what I want to happen. I want to succeed at Madrid, but there are great players at Madrid. What I want is to play and to feel important. Next year I will play at the team where I have most chance of doing that.

“There are some tempting offers from England, but not just for the [big] contracts. I believe that for my style of play the Premier League would be a great destination.

“I am not saying I want to leave Juventus – I can only speak well of that team. I am saying that going to the Premier League would not be a step back, just the opposite. With what I have learned in Italy, if I have a chance to learn more in England, it would make me a better player.

“I am 23 and what I want is to progress, to play, to learn from the best and to have a good career.”

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