Highly rated Real Madrid starlet Alvaro Morata has emerged as a summer transfer target for Chelsea according to the Daily Mirror.
The 18-year-old Spanish strike sensation has risen to prominence following an impressive season playing for Madrid's B side, Castilla.
Capped for Spain’'s Under-19s, Morata has impressed with 12 goals to his name this season, and also made his first-team debut for Los Blancos in a 3-1 victory over Real Zaragoza in December.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has been tasked with revamping an ageing Stamford Bridge squad, with Blues owner Roman Abramovich keen to secure the signatures of some of Europe's brightest up-and-coming talent.
Morata is seen as a player with exciting potential, with Chelsea scouts believing he has the necessary attributes to succeed in England in the Barclays Premier League.
Good in the air and at holding up the ball, Morata also has clinical finishing ability and excellent movement leading to comparisons with legendary Spaniard and former Madrid talisman Fernando Morientes.
Chelsea will likely face competition if they step up their pursuit of a player who scored the first hat-trick of his career, in a 7–1 victory over Deportivo B on 13 February.
Under contract at the Bernabeu until 2013, Morata is said to have a £10million minimum fee release clause that is well within the budget of the big spending Blues.
With the £50million January signing of another Fernando, still waiting to come to fruition.
Chelsea could make a move for a player with the long-term future in mind, and so a summer switch to Stamford Bridge is a realistic possibility.