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Chelsea round-up: Manchester United target hi-jacked; full-back offer rejected; new ‘keeper targeted

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Chelsea could hijack Manchester United’s £65 million move for Alvaro Morata after the Manchester Evening News reported that the Spanish striker is keen to work with Antonio Conte again.

The 24-year-old Spaniard worked under Conte during his time at Juventus and is apparently keen on a reunion with the former Italy boss, despite heavy interest from Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.

United were reportedly close to completing a deal for the Real Madrid man, who is unhappy with the lack playing opportunities at the Bernabeu. Currently, he is below Karim Benzema in the pecking order and made only 14 starts in La Liga last season.

The Spaniard thrived under Conte at Juventus before and is now reaching an age where he needs to playing regularly at the highest level.

Both Chelsea and Manchester United are in the market for a new centre forward this summer, especially if reports that Diego Costa is on his way out of Chelsea are to be believed and Morata remains one of the most talented centre forwards on the market.

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His powerful all-round game and goal poaching skills would fit the Chelsea system well, especially if they can’t sign Romelu Lukaku this summer. Plus, if they could stop United signing him, they would be dealing a serious blow to a potential title rival.

Meanwhile, according to Sky Sports, one player Chelsea won’t be signing is Alex Sandro.

The Brazilian full-back has been one of the stars of the Juventus team since arriving from Porto two years ago, and reports are saying that a bid from the Blues has been rejected by the Champions League finalists.

There has been no comment on the potential deal from Chelsea, but Juventus general director Guiseppe Marotta has said they have failed with a bid.

If true, a bid for Sandro was always going to be ambitious, as the 26-year-old has developed into one of the finest wing backs in the world.

However, left-wing back is not the most pressing issue in the Chelsea first eleven, with Marcos Alonso having played so well there last season.

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Finally, Chelsea have made a move to sign Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico, according to Spanish news outlet Marca.

The Blues lost reserve goalkeeper Asmir Beogvic to Bournemouth earlier in the summer and news earlier in the week suggested talks over a new contract for Thibaut Courtois may be stalling.

Rico is 23 and has a £26 million release clause in his contract, which would make him one of the most expensive goalkeepers of all time.

Although Conte expects Courtois to stay, Rico certainly has the potential to be a number one at a big club and bringing him in would add competition to the goalkeeping position at Stamford Bridge.

However, Wily Caballero, released by Manchester City, is also a target for the reserve spot at Stamford Bridge and would represent a far cheaper option than Rico.

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John is a history graduate from the University of Southampton, and will soon be completing a Master's degree in Journalism at Cardiff University

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