Chelsea have seen a bid of £51 million for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata rejected by the Champions League winners, according to a report by Spanish newspaper Marca.
Los Blancos recently exercised their buy-back clause of £23.6 million on the Spain international and were expected to immediately sell the Juventus striker for a serious profit.
Morata’s agent Juanma Lopez was in Madrid this week to try and close a deal for his client, but the Blues’ initial offer of £51 million was not deemed sufficient by Los Blancos.
The La Liga giants have now slapped a £64 million price tage on the 23-year-old, with the expectation rising that Zinedine Zidane does have some plans with Morata next season.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are in danger of losing out on another top target. They are already primed to miss out on Axel Witsel and Antonio Candreva, but now Everton are plotting a shock swoop for Kalidou Koulibaly, according to Italian source Calciomercato.
The Blues have reportedly offered £34 million to Napoli for the centre-back, but the Toffees are ready to table a bid of £38.4 million for the 25-year-old Senegal international.