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Chelsea owner agrees to take £18million hit on Alvaro Morata to fund summer spree

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Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich will sanction the offload of Spain international striker Alvaro Morata at a £18million loss just a season after the striker became the Blues’ record signing, as per reports.

The 25-year-old forward moved to the West London club from La Liga giants Real Madrid last summer transfer window in a deal worth about £70million in total, but, after an impressive start, went on to score only 11 goals in 31 English Premier League matches.

He has only scored once in the year 2018 and been usurped in attack by winter signing Olivier Giroud.

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Despite his poor form, Alvaro Morata still has a lot of fans on the continent of Europe – not least his former side Juventus, where he spent about two of his most productive seasons.

And now Italian publication Tuttosport report that Roman Abramovich has informed Chelsea to cut their losses on the Spaniard and will sanction his offload for only £52million.

Even at that fee, though, Serie A champions Juventus will still heavily struggle to afford Morata and instead want a long-term loan with an obligation to make in permanent, as they did with former Chelsea attacker Juan Cuadrado. The West London club want a transfer deal completed early in the window.

Chelsea have already been strongly linked with replacements for Alvaro Morata should he depart, with Paris Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani an option if the Ligue 1 side can prise Polish striker Robert Lewandowski away from Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.

Chelsea’s new boss will also desire to have a say in the striker they brought in, and there have been claims that Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri would try to sign Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain with him from the Serie A side.

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