In case they have forgotten
In case they have forgotten
Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge.
Hours after bombshell reports that Chelsea struck a deal to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, the Blues confirmed they have agreed to a fee for the transfer of the 24-year-old.
All that’s left is for the player to settle personal terms and undergo a medical, according to Chelsea’s statement.
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Chelsea offered £133M double-deal for two Real Madrid stars
Chelsea have been offered a mega-money deal to sign two Real Madrid stars, according to Diario Gol.
As per Diario Goal, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is prepared to sell Chelsea both Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez if the Premier League champions are prepared to meet their combined £133M price-tag.
The Spanish outlet believe that Chelsea were previously interested in signing Morata, but Manchester United jumped to the front of the queue to sign the 24-year-old and Chelsea pulled out of negotiations.
Diario Gol believe that Chelsea have now been given another opportunity at signing Morata, but may well be forced to sign Rodriguez too. It is reported that Perez is keen to kill two birds with one stone, and has given Chelsea the opportunity to help him do that.
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea would be interested in doing so, but one thing’s for sure, it would be a real statement of intent.
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Should Chelsea sign Alvaro Morata or Andrea Belotti?
Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea is a thing of the past, he will be lining up for Manchester United at next season’s curtain raiser.
For Antonio Conte, the task is simple, adequately replace Diego Costa, or face reliving the Blues’ failures of the past. Lukaku appeared to fit like a glove, but the deal never materialised.
Now it’s very much a case of two strikers, who have been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League champions – Andrea Belotti and Alvaro Morata. But who would be a better fit to spearhead Conte’s attack?
La Liga 2016/17:
Penalty goals: 0
Minutes per goal: 89.4
Minutes per goal or assist: 70.5
Shots per goal: 3.6
Serie A 2016/17:
Penalty goals: 2
Minutes per goal: 118
Minutes per goal or assist: 93
Shots per goal: 5
Morata appears to be the more productive striker, but the sample size is less than half the size of Belotti’s. The latter directly contributed to 33 goals for a mid-table side, whereas the majority of Morata’s goals came either off the bench or against minnows.
The major question mark over Morata is whether he can perform consistently while being the primary carrier of a team’s goal burden – Belotti has proven himself able, even if it was for just one season.
Ultimately, both are going to cost the club an arm and a leg, and you cannot say that either are safe bets. Conte is going to have to make a decision, take a risk, and pray that it pays off.
Let us know who you think Chelsea should sign.
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Chelsea target wants to leave Real Madrid in next 48 hours
Chelsea are interested in signing Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, who is pushing for a move away from Los Blancos, according to AS.
AS report that Rodriguez has asked his agent to seal his exit from the Bernabeu in the next 48 hours, as he does not want to be on the plane that jets off to the USA for Real Madrid’s pre-season tour.
As per AS, Chelsea are very interested in signing Rodriguez, but will face stern competition from both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. He will not come cheap, either, as the Spanish outlet note that Real Madrid will demand a fee in the region of £61M if they are to be convinced to part with him this summer.
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Chelsea set to pursue Lukaku alternatives
Chelsea have lined up two strikers to appease Antonio Conte, having missed out in the race to sign Everton star Romelu Lukaku, according to the Independent.
As per the Independent, Conte is furious that the Chelsea board failed to provide him with Lukaku, and instead allowed him to agree a deal to join direct rivals Manchester United.
Despite it being reported that Chelsea have not completely given up hope of signing Lukaku, the Independent believe that the club are now pursuing alternatives.
The Independent report that Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti, who both hit the 20 goal mark for Real Madrid and Torino respectively last season, are being targeted to soften the blow on Conte of missing out on Lukaku.
Neither are likely to come cheap, but the reality of the situation we find ourselves in means that we may be left with no choice but to pay an inflated figure.
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Real Madrid refusing to lower £70M asking price for Chelsea target
Real Madrid are refusing to budge on their inflated valuation of Chelsea target Alvaro Morata, according to AS.
AS report that Romelu Lukaku, who was previously in the Blues’ crosshairs, is set to sign for Premier League rivals Manchester United, with former manager Jose Mourinho stealing the Belgian from under the noses of his former employers.
As per AS, Chelsea will now turn their attentions to Morata, but Real are standing firm on their asking price, which is proving problematic.
It is reported that Los Blancos are demanding a whopping £70M in exchange for the 24-year-old, a fee that Chelsea appear to be unwilling to pay – understandably so.
AS note that Diego Costa is on his way back to Atletico Madrid, which has been a forgone conclusion for some time now, so Antonio Conte is in desperate need of reinforcements at the spearhead of his attack. Only time will tell if Morata is the solution to his struggles.
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Chelsea handed major boost in efforts to extend star’s contract
Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their efforts to convince Thibaut Courtois to extend his contract with the club, according to the London Evening Standard.
As per the London Evening Standard, Courtois has been standing firm over his wage demands, with the Belgian international believing that he is worthy of a lucrative £200K-a-week deal. This has, as the paper report, stalled negotiations between the club and player.
The London Evening Standard believe that Courtois’ reluctance to commit his future to the Premier League champions sparked fears that he could make a summer move to Real Madrid, but Los Blancos’ interest in signing him appears to have now cooled.
It is reported by the London Evening Standard that Real Madrid have given no indications that a bid for Courtois is imminent, and they are currently pursuing other targets. Fingers crossed, that means that he will be sticking around in SW6 beyond this summer.
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Chelsea superstar’s agent reveals he holds regular talks with Real Madrid
Thibaut Courtois’ agent has revealed that he has regular contact with the Real Madrid hierarchy, report ESPN.
Courtois had a season to forget during Chelsea’s dismal 2015/16 campaign, but was back to his brilliant best last term. The Belgium international won the Premier League Golden Glove for keeping the most clean-sheets in the division, which is testament to his improvement.
However, despite Courtois seemingly having no reason to depart the champions, who look to have a bright future in store under Antonio Conte’s stewardship – it appears as though a move away from Stamford Bridge remains a possiblity.
ESPN quote Courtois’ representative Christophe Henrotay, who reveals that he holds frequent talks with Los Blancos:
“I meet regularly with Real Madrid’s directors and Thibaut’s situation is evaluated. My role is to keep him informed of the situation.”
As ESPN report, Courtois’ Chelsea deal has just two years left to run. We may well find ourselves in a situation next summer where we are forced to cash-in to avoid losing a world-class player on a free transfer.
Hopefully, it won’t come to that, but his agent talking to arguably the biggest club on the planet leaves us Chelsea fans with a right to be anxious.