Alvaro Morata has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea ever since last Summer when Antonio Conte took charge. At that time, a transfer never materialised, and although the forward has been more regularly involved in Madrid this term, it is widely expected he will leave the club.
Chelsea’s ex-manager Jose Mourinho is also thought to be interested in bringing the striker to Manchester United – the possibility of Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both departing this break means that serious recruitment will be needed.
However, La Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that A.C Milan are close to making a deal with Real Madrid, worth £52 million, for the 24-year-old.
The Italian giants have not won a league title since 2011, struggling, like most sides, to keep up with the dominance of Juventus. Milan have even slipped down below the likes of Roma, Napoli and Lazio, failing to qualify for the Champions League in each of the last three seasons.
This summer does, however, promise to be the beginning of a new era for the 7-times European champions, following a takeover by wealthy Chinese investors – Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux.
A move to beat both the Premier League Champions and the world’s richest club to the signature of Morata would be a huge statement of intent, signalling that Milan can once again compete financially with Europe’s biggest clubs.
The news will come as a blow for the English sides, but both have other targets lined up. Manchester United are confident of finally signing Antoine Griezmann by the end of June, as reported by the Independent, and Chelsea remain interested in Romelu Lukaku, as per the Telegraph, who would arguably be a better fit considering his experience in the league and history with the club.
The Boot Room’s Verdict
It seems certain that Alvaro Morata will leave the Bernabeu this summer, and any transfer involving him will undoubtedly be one of the biggest deals of the transfer window.
Just a month ago it was reported by Tuttomercato that Chelsea were lining up a £59m bid for the striker but it appears that the move failed to materialise.
As with any drawn out transfer saga, involving multiple clubs, there may yet be another twist in this story. If Milan are unable to strike a deal quickly they will face competition from England, particularly if the interested parties have problems of their own when negotiating for other players.
However, given their newly found wealth and the owners’ promise of investment (a suggested €130m this summer), it would be no surprise if Milan get their man – kicking off a period of expensive rebuilding in style.