AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso targets Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 05 June 2018, 09:24

The Chelsea manager situation is still up in the air, which AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso could use to his advantage as he sets his sights on Blues striker Alvaro Morata.

The fiery Italian is eager to bolster is attack this summer as he bids to lead Milan to their first top-4 Serie A finish for the first time in a whopping six seasons.

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However, a move for Morata - reported by Gazzetta dello Sport - who was spotted in Milan last month, depends on the club’s European eligibility next season as they await a concrete decision from UEFA.

The Italian club may not feature in next season’s Europa League because of the state of their finances, with UEFA not best pleased with their efforts to meet Financial Fair Play rules.

But should Milan get the green light from Europe’s governing body, then they could make an approach for Morata, who has also been linked with Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea splashed out £60m on the Spaniard last summer, but despite a bright start to life in England, it’s safe to say that the 25-year-old didn’t quite live up to expectations, scoring only three goals in 2018.

He’s since missed out on a spot in Spain’s 2018 World Cup squad, meaning he may be seeking a way out of Stamford Bridge, although he could first wait to see how the whole manager saga plays out.

The latest workings of the rumour mill reveal that Chelsea have agreed a deal with Laurent Blanc, although the Frenchman is reportedly their Plan B, with Maurizio Sarri still their No.1 target.

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