New information suggests Chelsea pinched Alvaro Morata from under the noses of AC Milan last summer.
The Spaniard completed a £58m move from Real Madrid (before taking into account potential add-ons) to replace Diego Costa as the number one striker at Stamford Bridge.
AC Milan paid just over €21 million in agents' fees in 2017, according to the FIGC. A payment was also made to Alvaro Morata's agent, which could mean that negotiations were pretty far advanced. Juventus spent double at €42 million.— Anthony Lopopolo (@sportscaddy) April 16, 2018
His move was seemingly hurried along once it became apparent that Romelu Lukaku had snubbed a return to west London in favour of a switch to Manchester United, and now it has come to light that he may well have joined Serie A giants Milan had things not been so frantic.
According to FIGC via Anthony Lopopolo, football editor of the Score app, the Rossoneri paid a little over €21m in agent fees in 2017, and a payment was made to Morata's representative, which likely means that negotiations between player and club were at an advanced stage.
Morata was linked with a move to them quite frequently last summer, and this is a huge indication that a move really did nearly happen.
Morata has found the going fairly tough in first season in English football, scoring 11 Premier League goals so far. He recently went on a huge league drought stretching back to Boxing Day, but scored against West Ham last weekend to end it.