Cairo: Chelsea has offered €75 million ($83 million) to sign Spanish forward Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, according to a report by Spanish soccer newspaper Marca on Thursday.
If the deal is finalised, Morata will become the most expensive Spanish soccer player in history, surpassing Fernando Torres, who moved from Liverpool to the Blues for €58 million ($64 million) in 2011, reports Efe.
Several Premier League clubs, such as Arsenal, are competing to purchase Morata, who just moved back from Juventus to Real Madrid, after the latter activated the buy-back clause in his contract.
Morata returned to Real Madrid after the end of Euro 2016, as the Spanish club exercised his buy-back clause after the player spent two seasons with Juventus, with whom he won Serie A and Coppa Italia twice.
Before a move to Real Madrid he wrote a letter to Juventus fans "Thanks to all the people who work for this immense club that is Juventus. Workers, physiotherapists, doctors, security, chefs. In brief, thanks to all who are part of Juve."
Chelsea, gearing up to begin a new season under newly-appointed manager Antonio Conte, who coached Italy to the quarter-finals of the ongoing European Championships, have already bolstered their attack by signing 22-year-old Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi.