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Jose Mourinho looking to swipe striker from under Chelsea's nose

Jose Mourinho looking to swipe striker from under Chelsea's nose

Manchester United could attempt to hijack Chelsea's move for Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, according to reports.

Morata, who was handed his Real Madrid debut by Jose Mourinho in 2010, has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea in recent weeks.

Madrid have a buy-back option on the forward, who scored just seven goals in 34 overall Serie A appearances this season.

However, he also set up seven goals in the league while scoring three times in the Coppa Italia – one goal being the decisive extra-time strike which clinched a 1-0 victory for the Old Lady over AC Milan in the final of the competition.

Alvaro Morata

Eight Champions league appearances reaped two goals and two assists for the Spain forward, who forms part of Vicente del Bosque's Euro 2016 squad.

The striker missed Spain's 1-0 defeat to Georgia last night but is expected to begin up front for the defending European champions when they get underway against the Czech Republic on June 13.

Spanish publication Marca claims that Mourinho wants United to open the chequebook to land Morata in a deal that could be worth more than €60million, according to eurosport.co.uk.

The Galacticos can re-sign Morata from Juventus for €32million but it is thought that Madrid will take up this option only to re-sell the 23-year-old striker as they look to land other targets.

According to the Guardian, new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is keen to sign the player that joined his old club Juventus, after the Italian left the club to manage his country.

Morata in his Madrid days, playing against Conte's Juventus

It now seems as though United may scupper any Chelsea plans to land the striker, perhaps using Mourinho's previous relationship with the player as a chief bargaining chip.

If Spain manage to put together a strong defence of their European crown, Morata's value could go through the roof should he lead their line in France.

Both clubs will be looking to get any potential deal done sooner rather than later, though this particular rumour is one that has the potential to run for weeks.