Chelsea head queue for striker Morata – report

Date published: Friday 20th May 2016 9:57

Alvaro Morata: Real will activate buy-back

Chelsea are in pole position to sign Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, who is reportedly set to leave Turin this summer.

Real Madrid have decided to activate their €30million buy-back clause for the 23-year-old Spain frontman, but his stay in Spain will be a brief one with La Gazzetta dello Sport claiming Morata’s future lies in the Premier League.

The Italian publication suggests Chelsea and Arsenal look set to fight it out for his signature with the west London club at the head of the queue due to the arrival of new boss Antonio Conte. Conte was influential in taking Morata to Turin before he left the club in 2014 to take over the role as Italian national team boss. And now the pair could be united at Stamford Bridge as Conte looks to strengthen his attacking options with Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao’s futures uncertain and Alexandre Pato’s loan up.

Chelsea are believed to be ready to offer Morata, who has been selected in Spain’s provisional Euro 2016 squad, a salary of €7 million a season, plus bonuses.

Arsenal have been monitoring the striker for some time and earlier this week they reportedly made a bid of £51million for the player, who claimed 11 goals and 10 assists this season for Juventus.

Corriere dello Sport reported that Arsenal were negotiating directly with Real Madrid, who are almost certain to take up their first-option on Morata, who could be a target for PSG as they look to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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