Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich 'sanctions £70m bid' for Alvaro Morata

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has hinted a deal has been agreed between the Spanish giants and Manchester United that will see Alvaro Morata move to Old Trafford this summer.

But Morata clearly considered - and perhaps still does as the deal rumbles on into next week - a move to Chelsea earlier this year.

The Portuguese global has been accused of tax fraud this past week which has led to intense speculation that he wants out of Spain and a return to United is one of the more obvious options. The player, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Chelsea's interest will concern Mourinho, because of the player's affection for Conte, who signed him for Juventus in 2016 before taking over the Italian national team.

Chances created - The Chelsea striker narrowly edged the number of opportunities made for teammates, with an average of 1.23 per 90 minutes in the league to Morata's 1.14.

In an interview with The Guardian in April, he said: 'Various Premier League coaches called to tell me to play for them.

The former Italy manager knows Blues technical director Michael Emenalo wants to bring Everton hitman Romelu Lukaku, 23, back to the club as further proof that ex-boss Jose Mourinho's instincts were wrong when he sold the Belgian striker in 2014. Madrid said they didn't want to sell, so here I am.

Their need is even more pressing after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's departure, with the 35-year-old having netted 17 of those goals. He knows me better than I could imagine, I'm sure, and that's important: it motivates you to work hard, train well. And yet I've never had the fortune to actually work with him.

"The future excites me, whether that's Madrid or somewhere else. I'm no longer the youngest, I'm 24, it's a big moment".

  • Julie Sanders