Roman Abramovich was in attendance to watch Croatia overcome Spain in an exciting Euro 2016 encounter on Tuesday night but while the Chelsea owner would have enjoyed the spectacle, he had serious work to do.
According to the Telegraph, Abramovich flew to France to personally scout Spain striker Alvaro Morata. And he would have most likely been impressed with the 23-year-old scoring his third goal in the competition, placing him alongside Gareth Bale as Euro 2016's top scorer.
Antonio Conte is believed to have placed Morata at the top of his wish list but a bid in excess of £40million may be required to sign him. Real Madrid recently announced their decision to buy him back from Juventus after activating a clause that allowed them to do so for £23.6m.
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Their intention is to quickly sell him on for a large profit and Chelsea have worked hard to place themselves at the front of the queue. However, Abramovich is not the free-spending sugar daddy he once was and wanted to get his own look at Morata before sanctioning a transfer bid.
Abramovich is likely to follow Spain around the competition in an attempt to get a firm idea of what Morata can bring to his Chelsea team. He is also believed to be keeping a close eye on Conte's Italy, who Spain will face in the round of 16.
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Should Abramovich decide against a move for Morata, it is likely they will make a move for Everton's Romelu Lukaku. The striker, of course, joined the Toffees from Chelsea in 2014 but the decision to sell was purely Jose Mourinho's, who is no longer in charge.
After an impressive season at Goodison Park, Chelsea are interested in bringing him back to Stamford Bridge, but unlike Real Madrid's deal for Morata, the Blues failed to insert a buy-back clause in the original deal. As a result, they face a fee in excess of £60m for the Belgian.
Chelsea will be aware that their Premier League rivals are right behind them in the race for Morata. Both Arsenal and Manchester United have recently been credited with an interest and are likely to be in touch with Real Madrid shortly.
Arsene Wenger may be the keenest after admitting his attempts to lure Jamie Vardy from Leicester City may have failed. Meanwhile, Manchester United appear to be focussing their efforts of sealing a deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
A bidding war between the three would be great for Real Madrid as the price would only rise higher.
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