New information suggests Chelsea pinched Alvaro Morata from under the noses of AC Milan last summer.

The Spaniard completed a £58m move from Real Madrid (before taking into account potential add-ons) to replace Diego Costa as the number one striker at Stamford Bridge.

His move was seemingly hurried along once it became apparent that Romelu Lukaku had snubbed a return to west London in favour of a switch to Manchester United, and now it has come to light that he may well have joined Serie A giants Milan had things not been so frantic.

According to FIGC via Anthony Lopopolo, football editor of the Score app, the Rossoneri paid a little over €21m in agent fees in 2017, and a payment was made to Morata’s representative, which likely means that negotiations between player and club were at an advanced stage.

?Morata was linked with a move to them quite frequently last summer, and this is a huge indication that a move really did nearly happen.