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Alvaro Morata has been left ‘shocked’ after Manchester United dropped their interest in him to sign Romelu Lukaku.
United courted Real Madrid striker Morata for most of the summer, but performed a dramatic U-turn on Thursday when they turned their attentions to Lukaku.
The Belgian striker could move to Old Trafford as early as Sunday, and is reportedly undergoing a medical in Los Angeles ahead of a £75million move.
United have ended their interest in Morata as a result, which The Independent claim has ‘shocked’ the Spaniard.
He has been left ‘surprised and stranded’ by the course of events, and ‘is now hoping that Chelsea will come back in for him’.
The Blues had been planning to spend upwards of £70m on Lukaku, and considering Real were demanding a similar figure from United for Morata, it is wholly possible that Antonio Conte could save the funds for Morata.
The pair never worked together at Juventus, but Conte ‘has been a long-term admirer’ of the striker, who ‘has always wanted to play for’ the Italian.
Chelsea had targeted Morata at one stage this summer before turning their attentions to Lukaku. The Independent add that Morata ‘is left hoping’ they will renew their interest.