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Chelsea agree deal to sign Alvaro Morata

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Alvaro Morata in action for Real Madrid.

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ByEurosport
19/07/2017 at 16:31 | Updated 20/07/2017 at 07:23

Chelsea have announced that they have agreed a deal with Real Madrid for the transfer of Spain forward Alvaro Morata.

“The move is now subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical,” read a statement on the club’s website.

“Morata, 24, is a Spanish international forward, and helped Real to lift a second successive Champions League last season.”

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The Real Madrid forward had been expected to join Manchester United but Jose Mourinho opted instead to sign Romelu Lukaku.

The Blues are in the market for a new striker after Antonio Conte deemed Diego Costa surplus to requirements.

The fee is thought to be in the region of £70 million.

The 24-year-old, who has hit nine goals in 20 games for the Spanish team, is currently on tour with Madrid in the US.

The deal comes a day after Blues manager Conte signed a new deal at the club.

OUR VIEW

Chelsea needed a striker. They have managed to get the best one currently on the market. Morata was reportedly always Conte’s first choice. The club, it has been widely reported, prioritised a move for Lukaku.

So, in the end, Conte got his man. But questions remain. £70 million or thereabouts represents quite the risk for a man who has no Premier League experience and was not a guaranteed starter for Real Madrid last year.

Having said that, he has proven his worth in two leagues and has all the attributes to shine in Conte’s system and the Premier League. Conte and Morata have worked together before so know what to expect of each other.

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