Chelsea have made a move to sign £70million striker — Sky Sports confirms

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The Premier League champions have been forced to re-think their attacking strategy this summer after Manchester United snatched first choice Romelu Lukau from under their noses.

Spanish publication AS reports that the transfer will be completed in the next few days once the deal is closed, with the Blues in a hurry given the impending departure of Diego Costa.

Chelsea are set to make an €80m (£70m, $89.5m) bid for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata after Manchester United swooped in to complete the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

But, it would be better structured to suit the needs of Los Blancos.

Meanwhile, it is not yet clear if Real Madrid who are the reigning Spanish and European League champions would want Morata to leave Spain this summer.

If Morata is on the plane then we can safely assume no deal with Chelsea is close to completion, but obviously the striker could still fly back to England to complete a move if a fee is agreed while he's away in the US.

The three-time Serie A-winning manager had been a long-term admirer - but the pair never worked together as Italy came calling for the current Blues boss. United are still keen on doing business with Madrid and have a colleague of Morata's in mind.

So, with Conte missing out on Lukaku and ousting Costa, his only striking options at Stamford Bridge are Michy Batshuayi or academy players.

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