Alvaro Morata has reportedly decided to leave Real Madrid this summer with a move to Chelsea on the cards.
The forward has struggled for game time under Zinedine Zidane and Spanish publication Diario Gol claim Antonio Conte has promised he’ll be part of his long-term plans in west London.
The report adds his girlfriend has already bought a house in England’s capital.
Chelsea will reportedly need to fork out around £34m for his services though with Madrid chief Florentino Perez refusing to budge on his valuation.
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The Blues will have to fend off competition from Leicester for Middlesbrough star Ben Gibson this summer, according to reports.
Chelsea are thought to be tracking the defender and hope to lure him away from the Riverside if Boro get relegated.
However, Conte’s side have been joined in the race for his signature by the Foxes with The Telegraph claiming Leicester are willing to break their club record transfer fee for the £30m-rated star.
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Madrid chief Perez has reportedly called an emergency meeting with PSG to try and snap up Marco Verratti.
Chelsea are long-term admirers of the Italian with Conte a huge fan and they could make a move for him in the transfer window.
But with the Blues and Barcelona showing interest, Spanish publication Don Balon claim Perez has requested talks with PSG immediately.
They claim Perez will tell them they can surpass any offers for Verratti that their rivals may make.