Alvaro Morata is reportedly eager to leave Chelsea this summer, with the Blues set to demand £70 million in exchange for his services.

According to reputed journalist David Amoyal, Alvaro Morata wants to leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window, after spending just one season at Stamford Bridge. The Blues though, will only part ways with the Spanish striker if a suitor pays £70 million to land him.

Morata had enjoyed a stunning start to his Chelsea stint upon joining from Real Madrid last summer, scoring six goals in his first six game. But, gradually the goals started drying up, with injuries playing a part in his sliding form and fortunes as well.

However, by the time the season ended, the situation was so grim that Morata had only scored one league goal for Chelsea in the entire second half of the season, with January signing Olivier Giroud usurping him to be the first-choice striker. As a direct result of his poor form, the 25-year-old also missed out on making Spain’s World Cup squad.

Since the end of the season, Morata’s future at Chelsea has been under a cloud, with reports suggesting that the player is unsettled at Stamford Bridge and is likely to seek a move away from West London in the summer transfer window. This situation only compounded the growing uncertainties around the entire club, with the volatile managerial situation the tip of the iceberg.

The worst fears have now been confirmed though, with Amoyal suggesting that Morata intends to leave Chelsea, with the Blues now setting up a meeting with the player and his representatives next week to sort out his future. Meanwhile, there is no dearth of interest in the Spaniard, with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund mooted as the major front-runners in his pursuit.

Morata's frustrations grew over the course of the 2017-18 season. (Photo courtesy - Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Morata’s frustrations grew over the course of the 2017-18 season. (Photo courtesy – Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

But, while the Bianconeri are looking to sign him on a permanent deal, Dortmund are only willing to snap him up on a loan deal, as they did with Michy Batshuayi in January. AC Milan were also previously mooted as possible suitors, but the Rossoneri are unlikely to be in the market for him as they grapple with a cash crunch and FFP sanctions.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will only be willing to do business for Morata if a suitor pays £65-70 million for him, and it remains to be seen if any club is prepared to pay the asking price. What appears certain is that the Spaniard’s stint at Stamford Bridge is highly likely to end after just one season, with showdown talks set to take place next week.

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