Serie A rivals battling for Chelsea star who wants summer move

Inter are ready to rival AC Milan in the race to sign Alvaro Morata this summer, according to reports.

The goal, as cited on Calcio Mercato claims that Inter is keen on the Spaniard, as they look to step up their summer transfer business.

Inter are looking to make a mark in Serie A next season and have already confirmed deals for Radja Nainggolan and Lautaro Martinez among others.

Morata is said to be keen on a return back to Italy, with Milan named as the best-placed club for him in the report.

There is also thought to be interest from Juventus, with claims of a swap deal involving Gonzalo Higuain being mooted in Italy.

The Spaniard struggled to impress during his first campaign in the Premier League, and a goal drought during the second half of the season saw him fall behind Olivier Giroud in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

What Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid would mean for Eden Hazard’s Chelsea future

It is turning into one of the transfer stories of the summer with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly close to a switch to Serie A giants Juventus.

The 33-year-old proved during the World Cup that he is still one, if not the, best players in the world with a stunning hat-trick against Spain, while his country were knocked out at the last 16 stage to Uruguay.

Ronaldo has been at the Santiago Bernabeu since his move from Manchester United in 2009, but reports suggest that the Italians are ready to offer €100m (£88.5m) to Madrid and €30m (£26.5m) a season to Ronaldo.

“If it happens, it will be a new chapter and a new challenge in his brilliant career,” Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes said to Portuguese newspaper Record after a meeting with Madrid’s, vice-president, José Ángel Sánchez.

“If Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid, he will remain eternally grateful to the club, the president, all the staff without exception, as well as the Madrid fans throughout the world.”

But that move could well have a knock-on effect for not just Madrid, but also Chelsea could take a massive hit if Madrid start coming for their players.

Here is why Blues fans should be worried:

Eden Hazard

This is obviously the main one that Chelsea supporters should definitely be concerned about and if Ronaldo makes the move to Juventus there is a big hole to fill.

Hazard has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu for the past few transfer windows, but with just two years left on his current Blues contract the time could now be for him to make the switch.

The 27-year-old has been pretty loyal to the Blues since he made the switch in 2012 and has won everything in the English domestic game, but with no Champions League football next season he could be keen to move.

The selling of Ronaldo would certainly open up a place in the squad in a position that he could easily fit in to. Also, it would open up a massive space in the wage budget of the Champions League winners, with Hazard himself on £200,000 per week.

The moving on of one Madrid great might well open the door for a Chelsea star to make a switch that has been on the cards for a few seasons now.

Gonzalo Higuain

Chelsea has been heavily linked with a move for Gonzalo Higuain this summer from Juventus, but a deal for Ronaldo could have a couple of effects.

The first might be that Juventus feel they have to sell the 30-year-old to make space in their wage budget and in the squad for their potential new star.

But the second might be that Higuain does not actually want to make the switch to Stamford Bridge but feel there is a belief the Champions League could return to Juventus if Ronaldo is in their ranks.

“[Gonzalo Higuain] played with Cristiano Ronaldo for a few years at Real Madrid, but he hasn’t told me if they’ve spoken about this case,” said Higuain’s agent and bother, Nicolas.

“It would be fantastic if Ronaldo signed for the club and formed an attacking partnership with Gonzalo. They have played a lot of matches together and know each other well.

“It would be a really great move for Juventus if they do this, it would be fantastic and spectacular. Gonzalo played as a striker and Ronaldo as a winger [at Real Madrid].

“The first year when Ronaldo arrived, Gonzalo scored more goals than him. Then Ronaldo had a fantastic career.

“He would feel comfortable playing alongside Gonzalo because they know each other from their time in Madrid.”

Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata has been linked with a return to Juventus this summer, but there is no way that is going to happen should Ronaldo make the switch to the Allianz Stadium.

However, a move for Ronaldo and a Higuain stay in Turin would surely mean Morata sticks around at Chelsea and Juventus wouldn’t be willing to part money for the Spaniard.

That’s not particularly a bad thing for the Blues, however, as the Spaniard will be hoping to put right his difficult first season at Stamford Bridge.

Thibaut Courtois

While of course we are talking about two completely different positions on the pitch, the fact that Ronaldo could go for big money will once again free up some funds.

With the potential sale of current goalkeeper Keylor Navas as well, it might mean that they could go bigger for Courtois and entice Chelsea to sell him this summer.

The 26-year-old has made it clear that one day he wants to return to the Spanish capital to be with his two children, and this summer might just open that opportunity up to him.

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