Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MORATA JETS IN TO LONDON AFTER TALKS WITH TORRES; Striker Gets Advice from Chelsea Flop as He Prepares to Finalise Record PS70m dealStriker in London to Tie Up Deal

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MORATA JETS IN TO LONDON AFTER TALKS WITH TORRES; Striker Gets Advice from Chelsea Flop as He Prepares to Finalise Record PS70m dealStriker in London to Tie Up Deal

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

ALVARO MORATA arrived in London today to complete a club record PS70million move to Chelsea after seeking advice from Fernando Torres, who flopped at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had feared losing out to AC Milan but made a significant breakthrough in talks with Real Madrid yesterday and the deal is now just subject to a medical and personal terms.

The club expect matters to be completed within 24 hours and Morata will link up with the squad next week in Singapore, where Chelsea play Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

Chelsea paid Liverpool PS50m for Torres in 2011 but it is believed they will initially pay Real PS8m more for Morata with the rest coming from add-ons.

Torres scored just 20 Premier League goals in three and a half years at Stamford Bridge before effectively leaving on a free transfer to AC Milan. Morata, who has also talked to fellow Spain international and Chelsea defender Cesar Azplicueta, said: "I have spoken with Fernando, who has told me he'll give me a hand with whatever I need.

"I have been training hard for whatever outcome, but I was clear that this was my objective. It's sad to leave Real Madrid, but I hope that everything will go well for me at Chelsea."

The Blues are believed to be offering Morata a five-year contract worth around PS170,000 a week.

Morata (right) was Antonio Conte's first choice to strengthen the frontline when he took over last year and Standard Sport revealed the forward wanted to join the Italian in the capital.

Coach Conte played a major role in signing him for Juventus in 2014, where he spent two successful years before rejoining Real Madrid.

Chelsea could not agree a fee with the European champions last summer and then made Romelu Lukaku a priority, only to lose out to Manchester United earlier this month.

Morata, who wanted to leave Real to become a first-team regular, thought he was moving to Old Trafford a few weeks ago until they made that lastminute switch for Lukaku. …

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