Chelsea could use Morata in deal for record breaking striker

A swap involving Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain has once again been mooted.

A deal where the two strikers would swap places was reportedly under consideration in May when Maurizio Sarri was being touted as Antonio Conte’s replacement as Chelsea manager.

Sarri, who worked with Higuain when the striker had his record-breaking season at Napoli, is now said to be on the verge of taking over at Stamford Bridge.

And according to Italian publication, Gazzetta Dello Sport, a swap could happen when the manager situation is finally resolved.

Higuain scored a record 36 goals in 35 Serie A games under Sarri in 2016, as Napoli went close to winning a first league crown since 1990. In winning the league’s Golden Boot (Capocannoniere) he broke Gunnar Nordahl’s 66-year old record.

He moved to Juventus for £78million shortly afterward where he has scored 55 times.

Morata has so far struggled to settle in at Chelsea following his £58m transfer from Real Madrid, but it is understood he would consider a return to Turin where he played between 2014 and 2016.

He scored 11 Premier League goals last season as the Blues finished fifth, though they still ended the season as FA Cup winners.

Thibaut Courtois once again suggests his future could be in Madrid

Thibaut Courtois has once again cast doubt on his Chelsea future by hinting his future may lie away from Stamford Bridge.

The 26-year-old Belgium international has been linked with a return to Spain where he lived between 2011 and 2014 when on loan at Atletico Madrid, though it is the club’s rivals, Real, said to be eyeing him up.

“I don’t only like Madrid, I also like London and they are two great cities,” he said after his country booked their place in the quarter-finals by beating Japan 3-2.

“The difference is that my kids are in Madrid, and they have seen the game and they see their father and they want him to be close.

“That is not to say I’m going back, but for me my kids are very important and I will do something to see them more.”

Courtois’ contract expires in 2019, but a decision won’t be made until the World Cup is over for him.

“I’m not going to talk about that now. I just said that I’ll see everything after the World Cup,” he added.

“The most important thing is my children and I’ll decide what’s best for me in everything.”

It is not the first time the goalkeeper has mentioned his children in relation to where his future lies and how he wants to see them grow up.

“My kids are the most important for me. I haven’t seen them a lot in the last 18 months. Facetime is nice, but seeing them grow up is something different. My kids will play an important role in my decision,” he said recently.

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