Chelsea, Real Madrid reach a compromise over Alvaro Morata, to cost £60m

Premier League champions Chelsea have agreed a deal with Real Madrid to sign striker Alvaro Morata for about £60m.

 

The Spanish forward now has to agree personal terms and pass a medical in order to complete the transfer.

 

The 24-year-old would be the Blues’ fourth signing of the summer, after goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defender Antonio Rudiger and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

 

Morata scored 20 goals last season following his return to the Bernabeu from Juventus.

 

He won La Liga and the Champions League, but the majority of his appearances were as a substitute.

 

Morata looks good to replace Spain team-mate Diego Costa, who says he has been told by manager Antonio Conte that he is no longer in Chelsea’s plans.

 

Before now, Man United had been interested in Morata prior to signing Everton striker Romelu Lukaku for an initial £75m.

 

Morata joined Real Madrid’s youth team in 2008 and was handed his senior debut aged 18 in 2010.

 

The 6ft 3in striker moved to Italy in 2014, scoring 27 goals in two years for Juventus, winning both Serie A and the Coppa Italia twice and playing in the 2015 Champions League final.

 

The Los Blancos exercised a buy-back option in June 2016 to take him back to the Bernabeu.

 

Morata has got 20 caps – for Spain – to his name, scoring nine goals, since his international debut in 2014.

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