Three weeks ago if you’d said that Romelu Lukaku was going to sign for Manchester United and Alvaro Morata was going to sign for Chelsea then people would have thought you were mad. But three weeks is a long time in football.
To be fair the two strikers moving to the clubs they eventually signed for is not completely out of the blue with Jose Mourinho having been linked with Lukaku before and Antonio Conte having been linked with Morata before, but that only tells part of the story.
At the beginning of the summer it was reported that the big Belgian was almost certainly heading from Goodison Park to Stamford Bridge and a return to his former club was the move he wanted.
The Spanish striker on the other hand was a shoe-in for a move to Old Trafford and it was merely transfer fees to be agreed. That was until the Red Devils got fed up with Florentino Perez and swooped for Lukaku instead.
Now Chelsea have taken the almost inevitable step of signing the Real Madrid forward with a reported €80 million fee agreed between the Premier League and La Liga champions.
Chelsea were linked with a move for the former Juventus striker last summer before Zinedine Zidane brought him back to the Bernabeu to become a member of his squad.
The 24 year old was actually the team’s second top scorer in the league, behind Cristiano Ronaldo obviously, with 15 strikes but he started only 14 games in the league and a further five in other competitions.
Morata will replace Diego Costa as the first choice striker at Stamford Bridge. Image: PA
Earlier this summer Conte told top scorer Diego Costa that he was no longer wanted by the Blues so an approach for a striker has been a priority for the Italian all season and having worked with Morata before it was an obvious move.
Now we can look forward to a season of Morata and Lukaku being compared with one another, their careers are now linked forever.
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