Alvaro Morata has reportedly told Real Madrid that he wants to join Chelsea this summer, but the move could see the end of Thibaut Courtois’ time at Stamford Bridge.
Morata continues to find himself on the fringes of the first-team at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane, starting just six times in La Liga this term.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte almost worked with Morata at Juventus in 2014, but left the Turin giants four days before the Spanish ace arrived.
But now the pair could be set be on the same team together at last.
With Chelsea homing in on the Premier League title, Conte is busily targeting potential signings for a serious Champions League tilt in the coming seasons.
Morata is high up on their wishlist, although a move for the Real man would come at a cost, and not just financial.
It’s been widely reported that Los Blancos will only sell the forward if Chelsea give up Courtois in return.
Having been linked with Manchester United’s David de Gea, Real – and particularly boss Zidane – are more keen on Courtois as their future stopper.
The Courtois exchange could help offset Morata’s fee however, with the 24-year-old tied down to Real until 2012 and valued at £34m by transfermarkt.co.uk
Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Morata, but it’s believed the player himself would prefer a move to west, rather than north London.
And the Gunners’ recent form won’t have done their chances in the summer’s transfer market much good.
But Chelsea are 1/10 favourites to bag the Premier League and secure a return to Europe’s top club competition.
Conte’s charges head to Burnley this weekend, with 2/5 saying the Blues win yet again.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing