Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd target agrees AC Milan switch

His transfer value has risen by almost £20 million in a year and there is certain evidence to validate the speculation.

Belgium hitman Michy Batshuayi has not convinced Conte and it is believed the Italian is increasingly frustrated at the lack of movement in the transfer market.

Consequently, Milan may no longer face competition from the Blues for Aubameyang or Belotti.

The striker has refused to be photographed with Torino's new shirt, not to mention appear in Sky Italia's ad campaign for the upcoming Serie A season, likely because of the Rossoneri's courtship.

Belotti has a €100m release clause in his contract but that is only valid for clubs outside of Serie A, and Chelsea have been unwilling to meet that price tag.

Chelsea confirmed their third signing of the summer on Saturday when they concluded a deal to bring midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to Stamford Bridge from Monaco. The 23-year-old would give Milan quite a boost, and would be a massive upgrade over the likes of Andre Silva and Carlos Bacca.

For the move abroad to be successful - defining success as 50-plus matches played per season - Morata would have to be the main offensive reference for the team in question and that is hardly something that could be guaranteed beforehand by any of the aforementioned squads. Buying Bonucci is a signal for the future.

It was assumed that Chelsea would bolster the position with the signing of a top class striker, but as mentioned by Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard, the club simply don't seem willing to spend the money required to make that happen.

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Several media reports pointed to Bonucci's alleged frosty relationship with Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri for the surprise move. The option to stay, put in these terms, does not look as bad as he might believe.

  • Ricardo Clara