Jul 6, 2017
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Chelsea round-up: Lukaku snub; Morata price negotiation; midfielder prepares for Premier League move

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There have been a series of twists and turns in the chase of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku over the past 24 hours as the Daily Mail claimed that Manchester United would win the race for the Belgian and now the Independent say that Chelsea will challenge the Red Devils for the striker.

The Blues had been thought to leading the way for the striker until now, but it seems that they could be set to miss out on their top target. United have reportedly agreed a £75 million deal for his services, and Chelsea will now be forced to match that if they are to compete and still find a way to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.

An alternative may be Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata. United have reportedly dropped their interest in the Spaniard having secured an agreement for Lukaku, and Chelsea could fill in the gap to take over the lead in the pursuit of the Madrid forward. However, Spanish outlet AS claim that whilst this is the case, they are reluctant to pay the €80 million (£70 million) asking price.

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Real Madrid have seemed reluctant to allow their youth product to leave despite making only 18 starts for Zinedine Zidane’s first team in the 2016/17 season. Morata is thought to be pushing for an exit though and could be tempted by the opportunity to join forces with Antonio Conte having just missed out on working with the Italian at Juventus.

Another player on the move is midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah as the Mirror say that he is closing in on a £5 million move to Watford. The England under 21 international could not get sufficient assurances from Conte about regular game time at Stamford Bridge and he has since been forced to seek an exit.

The deal will also include a host of add-ons so that it could be a profitable sale of one of Chelsea’s youth products, although it will be disappointing to see yet another homegrown player leave without making an impact on the first team.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.