Chelsea ready to offer Real Madrid €80million for Morata

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Today, Chelsea are linked with Alvaro Morata...

Chelsea are ready to make an €80 million offer for Alvaro Morata.

The Spain worldwide looked set to join Manchester United but the Red Devils instead opted for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Evening Standard claim Chelsea have now reignited their interest in Morata after opening talks with Madrid and are hoping to wrap-up a £70m deal over the coming days. The Italian in charge at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte, has not hidden his admiration over Morata and although the asking price is no different than that made clear to United, the working relationships between the two clubs is much more fluid.

After Chelsea bid £75m in a belated attempt to hijack Lukaku move to United last Monday, the Premier League champions may be forced to make a similar offer to sign Morata and they may be pushed into that move as they look to bounce back from their somewhat embarrassing near miss over Lukaku.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is far from happy at missing out on Everton ace Lukaku, who was seen as the natural replacement for Diego Costa - who has been told that he has no future at the club.

If Morata is on the plane then we can safely assume no deal with Chelsea is close to completion, but obviously the striker could still fly back to England to complete a move if a fee is agreed while he's away in the US.

Morata scored 20 goals in 43 appearances for Madrid last season but the 24-year-old striker is desperate for a move away from the Bernabeu in search of more regular game-time.

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