Chelsea have agreed a deal to
sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, subject to the Spain
international agreeing personal terms and passing a medical, the
Premier League champions said on Wednesday.
British media reports said Chelsea would pay around 70
million pounds ($91 million) for Morata, which would shatter the
club’s current transfer record by eclipsing the 50 million they
spent on Fernando Torres in 2011.
“Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for
the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge,” Chelsea said
in a statement.
The 24-year-old will give Chelsea manager Antonio Conte the
attacking reinforcement that he has been searching for after he
was reported to be frustrated by the club missing out on Belgium
forward Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United last week.
Chelsea were in the market for a striker as Spain’s Diego
Costa is expected to leave the club having not travelled on
their pre-season tour to China and Singapore.
Morata, who had also been strongly linked by British media
with a move to Manchester United earlier in the transfer window,
helped Madrid win a second successive Champions League title
last season, but spent much of the campaign as a substitute.
The former Juventus forward scored 20 goals in all
competitions in 17 starts, giving him the best goals to games
ratio of all Real’s forwards.
It was, however, his knack of grabbing vital goals,
including late winners against Sporting Lisbon, Villarreal and
Athletic Bilbao, that made him a key component in Zinedine
Zidane’s double-winning side.
Morata was an academy graduate at Real and made his debut in
2010, but left four years later for Juventus, where he spent two
He helped Juve reach the 2015 Champions League final,
scoring a decisive equaliser against Real in the semi-final,
second leg. He also found the net in the 3-1 defeat by Barcelona
in the final.
Yet like at Madrid, Morata failed to hold down a regular
place for Juventus despite his decisive cameo appearances.