Chelsea have confirmed they have have agreed a deal with Real Madrid for striker Alvaro Morata.
A statement on the club’s website 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.
“Morata, 24, is a Spanish international forward, and helped Real to lift a second successive Champions League last season.”
Just hours before Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio claimed a deal was close and it’s proved correct.
The Real Madrid frontman was a target for Antonio Conte last summer, but the forward opted for a return to Real Madrid from Juventus.
Conte, fresh from signing a lucrative new contract, has now turned his attention to landing a replacement for Diego Costa, who looks set to move on this summer.
Chelsea have been linked with Andrea Belotti, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero, but Morata is their man after Romelu Lukaku signed for Man Utd.
Madrid are believed to have placed a €70million price tag on the 24-year-old – a fee which put off United before they sealed a move for Lukaku.
“We have not come to an economic agreement, that is obvious as well. But it’s Real Madrid’s right to ask for their players the amount of money that they want.
“We do not determine what the price is of a player of Real Madrid, Real Madrid do that,” said United boss Jose Mourinho over the weekend.
The Spain forward wants out of the Bernabeu as he seeks regular first-team football and Italian giants AC Milan were the frontrunners for his signature earlier in the week, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The sale of Morata will allow Real to step up their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.