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AC Milan Closing The Transfer Net Around Chelsea Target

AC Milan Closing The Transfer Net Around Chelsea Target

The ready-made replacement seemed to be Romelu Lukaku as the Blues worked to re-sign a player they sold to Everton in 2014, but when the Belgian was stolen from under their noses by former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, Conte was sent scrambling.

United were only willing to go as high as £60m for the Spaniard but Real Madrid wanted around £75m as they looked to fund a move for Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.

Rumours linking De Gea with a return to Madrid - where he started his career with Atletico - have been commonplace since a move to the Bernabeu failed in the final hours of the 2015 summer transfer window due to an administrative error.

However, compatriot Mata is refusing to give up on the idea that Morata could become his team-mate before the end of August.

"He's intelligent, he's polite, we kept the contact, the feeling and now we are back together in different moments and I have no doubts it is going to work".

Again, AC Milan are said to be interested, but they appear unlikely to pursue the 28-year-old if they complete their move for Morata.

Probably enough embarrassment for one year, eh Morata?

He has a release clause in his contract which would require a club from outside Italy to pay £88m for his services, but Torino president Urbano Cairo recently insisted there had been no bids for his star man. The two players also played a key role in the successes of their respective clubs as the powerhouses won 4 major trophies among themselves.

The Spanish striker is destined to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after he went public with a text message row he had with the Italian manager.

"Evidently we are still thinking of doing something in that position".