In Focus: Chelsea set to sign Real Madrid striker if Costa departs

According to reports in the Daily Express, Chelsea are set to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata this summer, if they fail to hold on to Diego Costa.

What’s the word?

Well, reports in Spain have suggested that Zinedine Zidane has told Morata – valued at £34m by, that he is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu after playing a bit-part role in their season so far.

With the Spaniard available this summer, it is thought that Antonio Conte would be keen on a reunion with a player who was so successful under the Italian managers’ guidance at Juventus.

How Good has Morata been this season?

Considering the fact that Morata has been far from a first-team regular at Real Madrid this season, the 24-year-old has done remarkably well.

In 24 league appearances, most of these coming from the bench, Morata has netted 15 times and has come up with some crucial goals for his team in their bid to claim domestic glory.

Is Morata a good fit for Chelsea?

The answer to this question would be very dependent on whether Diego Costa stays at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte has managed to work his favoured tactical system to perfection at Chelsea. However, this system only requires one forward.

Should Costa leave for pastures new, Morata would make a fine replacement. The 24-year-old is a physical presence whose ability with his feet is only overshadowed by his aerial dominance. Should he receive the right service from Alonso, Moses, Hazard, Willian, Pedro and co. Morata could well be a prolific Premier League striker.