Chelsea news live: Alvaro Morata ‘agreed’ to join rivals; why summer transfer broke down

Alvaro Morata agreed AC Milan deal

Alvaro Morata agreed to join Chelsea’s Europa League rivals AC Milan earlier this summer.

That’s according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claims the Chelsea star wanted to leave Stamford Bridge and made a return to Italy his top priority.

Chelsea paid a massive £60m for Morata in 2017 to prise him out of Real Madrid.

Then-manager Antonio Conte had hoped to replicate the form Morata showed when the pair were at Juventus together.

But the Spaniard scored just three times in 23 games in the second half of the season and missed out on Spain’s World Cup squad as a result.

Romano claims Morata agreed a move to the San Siro but the deal fell through because of the Serie A club’s change of ownership.

John Terry is reportedly set for a shock return to Aston Villa.

The Sun reports that under-fire boss Steve Bruce is ready to launch a bid to bring back the 37-year-old to help them get back on track this season.

The veteran defender could be offered the chance to end his playing career by leading the side back to the Premier League, the paper adds.

Barca, Chelsea & United want Monchi
Manchester United are looking to bring Roma director of football and transfer guru Monchi to Old Trafford, reports claim.

Monchi, 49, arrived at Roma from Sevilla last summer with a great reputation having discovered the likes of Sergio Ramos, Dani Alves and Ivan Rakitic.

But he’s already come under intense scrutiny having allowing Alisson, Radja Nainggolan and Kevin Strootman to leave.

He’s since signed nine players to replace the high-profile trio with the lesser-known, and lower-priced, Bryan Cristante, Justin Kluivert and Ante Coric arriving.

But could Monchi’s so-called ‘Roma revolution’ be coming to an abrupt end?

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claim Monchi is seriously considering his position after a tough summer and difficult relationship with supporters.

The report adds that Manchester United and Barcelona are interested in securing his services to take charge of their own transfer strategies.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been the focus of many supporters’ ire and a fan-funded plane flew over Turf Moor describing him as ‘a specialist in failure’.

Chelsea have also reportedly earmarked Monchi to replace Michael Emanalo, who left Stamford Bridge for Monaco in November 2017.

Kepa Arrizabalaga snubbed Real Madrid
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga says the Blues’ recent history of winning trophies convinced him to join the club.

Chelsea paid a staggering £72m for Kepa during the summer – a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

The Spaniard, 23, was expected to leave Athletic Bilbao heading into the transfer window, with Real Madrid and Juventus supposedly interested in his services.

Indeed, in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, Kepa revealed what it was that convinced him to join the Blues.

He was asked: “There have been tempting offers from many clubs for years: Real Madrid, Juventus… So what made Chelsea different to get the ‘yes’?”

Kepa replied: “It is a great club, which in recent years has won the Champions League, Europa League, the Premier League.

“It is a team with great players. It was an important bet and I am happy to take this step, I want to enjoy it.”

Olivier Giroud on Chelsea contract
Olivier Giroud says there is currently no plans to discuss a contract extension with Chelsea.

Giroud signed for the Blues from Arsenal in January but was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer.

The Frenchman is under contract until the end of the season.

He said: “I still have one year of contract, plus possibly another year.

“The management of the club was rather favourable to give it to me. I do not know yet, we will do the accounts in April-May, but I do not exclude any possibility. We’ll see.”

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