Chelsea refusing to pay £80m for top 24-year-old striker – report

Chelsea's deal for Alvaro Morata is stalled as the English champions don't want to pay £80m for the Real Madrid striker, according to reports in Spain

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata Photo: Alvaro Morata/Instagram

Chelsea will refuse to pay £80m to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, according to reports in the Spanish media.

Don Balon, as quoted by the Daily Express, is reporting that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is unwilling to match Real Madrid’s asking price.

The same article states that a deal to sign Morata is being held up because the Premier League champions are refusing to be ripped off in the summer transfer market.

Chelsea have endured a frustrating summer so far after missing out on a number of their top targets since winning the Premier League title.

The west London side were thought to be closing in on a deal to sign Romelu Lukaku before the Everton striker completed a surprise £75m switch to Manchester United.

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci is thought to be closing in on a switch to Serie A giants AC Milan despite Chelsea boss Antonio Conte being a big admirer of the centre-half.

The Blues have signed Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero and AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger in the summer transfer window so far.

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