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Published: 15:17 | 6/6/16

Chelsea step up Morata chase


Chelsea are hoping to sign striker Alvaro Morata before Euro 2016 commences.

The Spaniard has been named in the defending champions' squad and the west Londoners are aiming to secure his signature before the competition begins.

The 23-year-old moved to Juventus two years ago and has been a hit for the Italian champions.

However, his previous club Real Madrid have a buy-back clause in his contract which allows them to purchase the forward for £23m, something the Champions League winners intend to do before immediately selling him for a profit.

The Spanish giants are believed to want around £40m for Morata but Chelsea are hopeful they would be able to agree a lower fee.

Morata is philosophical about having to rejoin Real in order to move to England but he hopes the deals can be concluded in a timely fashion.

“Hopefully everything will be resolved before then, because it is uncomfortable to be helping your country with phone in hand,” he said. “My wish is to succeed in Madrid, but Madrid have great players and what I want is to play and feel important. There are some offers from England that are tempting, not only because of the contract.

“I think my characteristics mean the Premier League would be a great destination. With what I have learned in Italy, if I have the chance to learn something more in England I think it would make me a more complete player. I am 23 years old and I want to progress, to play and learn from the best.”

With Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato having been sent back to their parent clubs after failing to impress during their loan spells - and with Loic Remy expected to leave too - new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has prioritised the recruit of a new striker.

Diego Costa's future is uncertain with Atletico Madrid believed to be interested in re-signing the Brazilian.

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