Alvaro Morata was very close to join AC Milan before signing for Chelsea in the end of July.
The Spanish striker already knew that he had to move out of Real Madrid in the end of last season and agreed personal terms with the Rossoneri before the Champions League final in Cardiff against Juventus, his former team in Serie A.
It was after winning the European Cup with the Merengues for the second time in three years that he understood he couldn’t join another Italian side that was not Juventus, so he chose to move to Premier League instead, as Italian transfer market pundit Fabrizio Romano reveals.
This is what Calciomercato.com writes about the deal:
The former Juventus star, however, had came close to joining AC Milan before his move to Chelsea. Morata, in fact, had agreed to join the rossoneri agreeing an € 8 million-a-year deal. Our transfer pundit Fabrizio Romano can exclusively reveal that the player agreed personal terms with the Serie A giants before the Champions League final but after the game in Cardiff against Juventus he openly admitted that it would have been hard for him to join an Italian club that is not Juve.
The offer of AC Milan was also not enough for Real Madrid. The rossoneri, in fact, had ‘only’ offered Real Madrid € 65 million, not enough for Zinedine Zidane who didn’t want to sell Morata or would have agreed to sell him for a higher transfer fee.
A few months later Chelsea signed the Spaniard for a fee close to € 80 million with the La Liga giants who had to sell the Spain International who was pushing to join a bigger club and get more game time away from the Bernabeu.