Chelsea have announced a transfer deal to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.
The Blues have reached an agreement with Real to sign Morata for a fee in the region of €80 million (£71m) to become the most expensive Spanish player ever.
The 24-year-old has been tipped to leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer after getting frustrated at his lack of chances under Zinedine Zidane. Manchester United were close to signing Morata earlier this summer but the Red Devils pulled out of a deal to sign the player due to Real Madrid’s valuation of the striker.
Chelsea have now moved ahead of their league rivals, to seal a deal for Alvaro Morata, announcing the deal, the club released an official statement which read:‘Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge,
‘The move is now subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical,’
The former Juventus forward who is currently on preseason tour with Real Madrid in Los Angeles, United States, is expected to fly into London later this week to finalise the terms of contract and a medical before being presented as a Chelsea player.
Antonio Conte is understood to be a keen admirer of Morata’s abilities having coached him during their time at Juventus.
Alvaro Morata has also admired the qualities of Conte earlier this summer, he said:
‘Conte is the manager who most ‘bet’ on me, without even ever having had me in his team,
‘I’m very conscious of that: he bet on me for Juventus but left before I arrived; then he wanted me at Chelsea come what may. He knows me better than I could imagine, I’m sure, and that’s important: it motivates you to work hard, train well.
‘I feel indebted to him because he’s the coach that most trusted in me, most wanted me, who made me feel I could perform at the highest level.