On Monday, the Italian media revealed AC Milan had been in negotiations for Alvaro Morata before the player agreed his move to Chelsea last summer.
And it seems that Serie A’s top clubs are really interested in the striker, because today, newspaper Tuttosport reveals Juventus are considering signing him at the end of the season.
The headline states ‘Morata dreams with Juve’, which may be a little over the top. We say that because the player’s wish isn’t strongly stated inside the article, as the chance of a move is more taken like an opportunity to both the striker and the Italian club.
Perhaps they’re dreaming of each other.
Morata’s bad season for the Blues is clearly the reason why he would leave Stamford Bridge, but there’s no info on his wish to return to Juve being shown to the Italian side.
On Juventus’ side, the Spaniard is seen as number two on the list, after Manchester United’s Anthony Martial.
It would be a bit complicated for the Old Lady to make the signing, especially with Chelsea paying €80m to sign him from Real Madrid last year.
Juve would like to find a deal similar to the one involving Juan Cuadrado, who was loaned to the club on a two-year deal. Tuttosport claims that’s the way how Chelsea wouldn’t lose money, which is actually a weird assumption to make, unless there’s a pretty big obligatory buying clause included.
Is Roman Abramovich going to go for that? Probably not, but this is football so anything is possible.
Revealed: How much Chelsea have earned from this season’s Champions League
Chelsea’s run to the round of 16 of the Champions League this season has earned the Blues £55.5million.
Having returned to Europe’s elite competition following a one-year absence, Antonio Conte’s team were handed a tricky draw in the group stage alongside Roma, Atletico Madrid and Qarabag.
The Blues did manage to progress to the next stage of the competition, although their 3-0 defeat in Rome saw them finishing second in the group behind the Serie A giants.
While Roma were handed a tie against Shakhtar Dontesk for finishing top, Conte’s team were given the daunting task of progressing against Barcelona.
Despite a fine performance at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, the Blues crashed out of the competition with the Spanish side registering a 3-0 win at the Nou Camp.
Under current Champions League rules, clubs are given prize money dependent on their results in the group stage, how far they progress in the competition along with their share of what is called the market pool, which is split according to the proportional value of each television market.
Chelsea earned €12.7m just for appearing in the group stage, where their record of three wins, two draws and one loss earned them €5.9m and appearing in the knockout round was worth a further €6m.
The TV pool earned the Blues €39.7m, bringing up a total of €64.3m (£55.5m).
For comparison, the Swiss Ramble Twitter feed has calculated Liverpool have earned £66.1m so far, Manchester City £53.8m, Spurs £51.9m and Manchester United £33.6m.
The Reds’ total is significantly higher due to them reaching the semi-final and they will pocket £71.7m should they go on to win the competition.