Morata price revealed as Juventus eye summer return for Chelsea star

Juventus continue to be linked with a return swoop for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, whose future at Stamford Bridge appears to be in doubt.

After a bright start to life in west London, the Spain star has struggled in the second half of the campaign and has been tipped to make a summer exit.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a two-year spell at Juve from 2014-16 before heading back to Real Madrid and then onto Chelsea in the summer of 2017.

The Blues paid around £60million for Diego Costa’s eventual replacement but 11 Premier League goals in 28 appearances is not what Chelsea had hoped for and they are now said to be considering cutting their losses on the player.

That being said, reports out of Italy claim that Roman Abramovich wants to recoup £80million for Morata – which could be a big issue for Juve.

The forward is also said to want €8m per year, which is another obstacle in his potential return to Allianz Stadium, although Morata could lower that asking price in a bid to return to Turin.

At this stage, however, it would appear that Antonio Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge would need to be resolved first before any decision on Morata’s stay is resolved.

Referee announced for FA Cup final between United and Chelsea

Michael Oliver will referee the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea.

The Football Association announced on Tuesday that the 33-year-old from Durham would take charge of the showpiece match at Wembley, which will kick-off at 5.15pm on Saturday, May 19.

In the recent Champions League quarter-final second leg between Real Madrid and Juventus, Oliver awarded a disputed injury-time penalty before also sending off Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for his furious protests.

Following the fall-out from the tie, which the Spaniards won after Cristiano Ronaldo converted the spot-kick, both Oliver and his wife Lucy were targets of abuse by social media trolls.

Oliver will be assisted by Lee Betts and Ian Hussin, with Lee Mason appointed as the fourth official.

“I was very proud and humbled to receive the phone call. When you start out, taking charge of the (FA) Cup final is not something you even think about,” Oliver said on the FA’s website.

“As your career progresses it becomes a realistic target, but it’s not a call you ever expect to take, but it is a great one. This opportunity only comes around once in a referee’s career.”

The FA also confirmed the video assistant referee would again be in place, with Neil Swarbrick and Mick McDonough watching from Stockley Park.

Chairman of the FA Referees’ Committee David Elleray backed Oliver to be able to handle what is expected to also be a lively encounter on the touchline between rival managers Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

“Over a number of years, Michael has shown that he has a wise and calm head on relative youthful shoulders and he is an excellent role model for young referees,” said Elleray, himself the FA Cup final referee in 1994.

“Michael has shown that he is capable of controlling the most important matches in Europe, and in England, and we have every confidence that he and his team will enhance what promises to be an enthralling encounter.”

Both Manchester United and Chelsea will receive some 28,000 tickets for the final, which represents around 80 per cent of the seats available at the national stadium.

Ticket prices will range from £45 to £145 for adults, with concessions also available.

The FA confirmed Chelsea fans would occupy the east end of Wembley, with United in the west end, which has been “determined by the travel requirements of the majority of each club’s supporters”.

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