Chelsea Football Club have turned their attention to Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata after missing out on their primary target Romelu Lukaku, if reports in the English newspaper Guardian are to be believed. Chelsea were believed to have made Romelu Lukaku their No.1 transfer priority this summer after manager Antonio Conte had made it clear that incumbent striker Diego Costa was not in his plans for the next season. But their efforts to sign the Belgian striker was hijacked in the last minute by Manchester United who swooped in at to sign him for a fee believed to be an initial £75m.
Morata would not be cheap though as Chelsea will start the bidding at £70m with Real Madrid holding out for a fee of £80m. Antonio Conte is a big admirer of the 24-year old Spaniard and was key to bringing him to Juventus. Conte though did not get to work with him as he departed Juventus to manage the Italian national team. Morata almost moved to Chelsea last season before Real Madrid exercised their buy-back option and brought him back to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium for a fee of £23m. He has seen opportunities as the star-studded Real Madrid line-up hard to come by though. Yet, he managed to score 20 goals last season in a limited number of starts.
Romelu Lukaku has claimed that he had no second thoughts of joining Manchester United whom he described as the biggest club in the world. Lukaku is set to complete his £75m move plus add-ons move to Manchester United after successfully undergoing his medical for Manchester United in Los Angeles, California.
Speaking to ESPN on the move, Lukaku claimed that joining Manchester United was an easy decision. "Who would say no to the biggest club in the world? Best stadium in England. The best fans. This is the perfect opportunity. I always said I wanted to play for a team that's challenging for every trophy that there is. I think Manchester United, at the minute, wants to be the dominant team, that dominant force. If you look at their history, it says enough. To become part of a club like them is something that I really wanted. I'm thankful for the opportunity that they gave me."
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Rooney Completes Everton Medical
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has completed a medical at Everton, with a return to his boyhood club imminent.
The 31-year old is set to return to where it all began for him, 13 years after he joined Manchester United in 2004. Rooney first burst on to the scenes at Everton, making his Premier League debut for the years at a very young age of 16 years. It is understood that the deal to take him back to Goodison Park is part of the £90 million deal which will see Everton's Romelu Lukaku move to the Old Trafford.
Rooney has struggled to cement his place in the playing XI under Jose Mourinho and is set to leave the club as the highest goal-scorer ever with 251 strikes in over 500 games.
Manchester United have confirmed that they have agreed a deal with Premier League rivals Everton for the transfer of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. The transfer is still subjective of medical tests being passed and personal terms being agreed between United and Lukaku.
The fee agreed for Lukaku, who is regarded as one of the best young striking talents in the world is believed to be £75 plus add-ons which could potentially take the transfer fee to the £100m mark. It is also believed that Manchester United striker and captain Wayne Rooney will move to the opposite direction on a free transfer in a different deal.
Manchester United took to their Facebook page to announce an agreement with Everton:
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United To Bid £50 Million For Eric Dier
Manchester United are set to turn their attention back towards Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier and are pondering over a £50 million offer for the England international.
This latest development is due to their impending capture of striker Romelu Lukaku from under the noses of Chelsea. United were close to signing the Blues' midfielder Nemanja Matic, but after they beat the Premier League champions to the signing of Lukaku, manager Jose Mourinho fears that his former club will block the Serbian's move to the Old Trafford, due to which they are planning to move for Dier.
The 23-year old was heavily linked with United a month ago, but the development on the Matic front had cooled down the rumours. But now the move seems to be back on.
Manchester United have agreed on a £75m fee with Everton for signing Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku according to various reports in the British media. Manchester United were initially interested in signing striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid but were frustrated in their negotiations to bring the forwards price down. With Lukaku all set to join them in the next 48 hours, United have ended their interest in the Real Madrid striker.
Manchester United were in a dire need of a striker after releasing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and with club captain Wayne Rooney on the verge of leaving. This left Jose Mourinho with only one striker in the squad in the form of young Marcus Rashford though Anthony Martial can also operate in the same position. The deal to bring Lukaku back will be further sweetened with Wayne Rooney likely to move back to Everton, his boyhood club on a free transfer despite having one year remaining on his Manchester United deal.
Chelsea stepping up transfer business with three deals in the pipeline, Manchester United move for Spanish striker closing in after showdown talks with current club, Liverpool's top priority in the transfer market also set for crunch talks with present club, Everton identify Premier League striker to replace Romelu Lukaku and James Rodriguez has made a decision on which club he wants to join; all this in our today's transfer round-up;
Chelsea To Complete Deals Worth £130m For Bakayoko, Sandro and Rudiger
Premier League champions Chelsea are on the verge of completing three transfer deals in this week, with AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, Juventus left-back Alex Sandro and AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger are all set to move to the Stamford Bridge. The Blues will be shelling out a total of £130 million to finalize the three deals.
Manager Antonio Conte had earlied told the club that he wants his full squad available before the club heads out for pre-season and it looks like he will be getting his wishes, with Chelsea all set to complete most of their important transfer business quite early.
Everton superstar Romelu Lukaku has confirmed that he has an agreement to join another club in the English Premier League, widely believed to be his old club Chelsea who he supported as a teenager. Lukaku also reaffirmed his stance about leaving Everton to take his game to the next level and said that staying at Everton was no longer an option.
Lukaku joined Everton from Chelsea on a permanent transfer for or £28million in 2014 after a year at the club on loan. But he has now rejected a new contract offer from Everton, believed to be the most lucrative one in the history of the club and reports have suggested that he is eyeing a move back to Chelsea, which he supported as a child and believes that he has unfinished business at the club. Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo is also believed to be a big fan of the Belgian striker and Chelsea are prepared to offer up to or £80 million to bring back the striker to Stamford Bridge.
After cooling down the interest for Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, Chelsea are planning to make a move for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Everton's Romelu Lukaku, as per the reports from Daily Telegraph.
The Blues of London have always been an admirer of Alexis Sanchez and with his current contract situation in the midst of nowhere, it is fair to say that Chelsea do have an upper hand in the negotiation. Furthermore, Chelsea are also planning to welcome Romelu Lukaku back as he has clarified his intentions about leaving the Goodison Park.
The Telegraph further reports that Antonio Conte had a meeting with Chelsea's director Marina Granovskaia this week to discuss the details of these two potential moves.