Chelsea told 24-year-old striker is better than potential Man United signing

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol believes Alvaro Morata is a better striker than Man United-bound Romelu Lukaku

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Steve Nicol has admitted that he would take Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata over Everton forward Romelu Lukaku.

The Premier League champions appeared set to re-sign Romelu Lukaku in the summer transfer window as Manchester United pursued the Spanish star.

However, in a surprise turn of events, Jose Mourinho is now poised to reunite with Lukaku as the Red Devils close in on a £75m deal to sign the Belgium international despite interest from Chelsea.

While the Blues boss will naturally be frustrated to miss out on what has been billed as his top summer target, reports suggest the Chelsea manager could turn his attention to Morata.

While Nicol admits Lukaku has some attributes that Morata is lacking, the former Liverpool defender says he would still prefer the Real Madrid striker given his natural ability.

“There are couple of things that Lukaku has that Morata: power and strength. I’ll have a football player over that every day,” Nicol told ESPN FC.

Lukaku scored 25 times in 36 games in the Premier League to finish behind Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in the race to secure the golden boot.

Morata, meanwhile, netted 15 times in 26 games in La Liga but spent most of the season being used as an impact substitute despite return to the Spanish capital in a £29m deal from Serie A giants Juventus last summer.

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