Premier League champions Chelsea on Wednesday agreed a deal in principle with Real Madrid to sign the Spain forward Alvaro Morata for a club record fee.
He is the Premier League champions’ fourth signing of the summer after Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willy Caballero and Antonio Rudiger.
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Discussions were under way with Real Madrid since Chelsea lost out on forward, Romelu Lukaku, to Manchester United. The fee for Morata is expected to be around £70m, eclipsing the £50m paid to Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011, with only small details still to be ironed out between the clubs.
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Morata scored 15 goals in 26 appearances in La Liga last season for Real Madrid.