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Report: Alvaro Morata expects to join Chelsea in summer

Italy v Spain - International Friendly

UDINE, ITALY - MARCH 24: Alvaro Morata of Spain looks on during the international friendly match between Italy and Spain at Stadio Friuli on March 24, 2016 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

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Everything is going according to plan for Chelsea in Antonio Conte’s first season in the Premier League but there could be a bit of a shakeup at the striker position come the summer time.

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According to the Daily Telegraph, Alvaro Morata has alerted his inner circle that he expects to join Chelsea over the summer.

The 24-year-old could potentially replace Diego Costa up front for the Blues, as the Spaniard continues to be the subject of transfer rumors from both the Chinese Super League and Atletico Madrid.

Morata and Conte have a close relationship after the Italian boss helped encourage the striker’s move to Juventus back in 2014, prior to Conte taking over his post with the Italian national team.

This season, Morata has netted 10 goals in 27 appearances across all competitions for Real Madrid, however, the forward has often served in a reserve role with Karim Benzema the team’s first-choice striker.