No From Motata Leads To Celtic & Chelsea Links
AC Milan's bid to return to glory days will involve some major surgery at the San Siro this summer. High profile, mainly big money moves under the new Chinese owners, for various players have been mentioned but as things stands Milan haven't been able to force these deals over the line, yet.
Fresh from a Champions League triumph, as Real Madrid thrashed Juventus in Cardiff, rumoured Milan target Alvaro Morata, who had impressed during his time in Serie A with the Old Lady, ruled out leaving Madrid for the Rossoneri.
Asked about a move to the San Siro, with personal terms reportedly agreed ahead of Saturday's final, Morata insisted he's doesn't want to leave Real Madrid.
He told Mediaset Premium, via the Daily Mail: 'Milan? No, I certainly won't be in Italy. I want to continue here and it's difficult. I can only tell you what I read in the papers, I know nothing else. I like Italy, but I am happy here. Madrid is my team and my city.'
Morata, 24, was limited to 17 starts for Real Madrid last season but the Spanish international still managed to bag an impressive 20 goal in 39 appearances in total, which continues to attract interest, not that he'll be joining Milan it seems?
According to ESPN FC sources, reportedly close to the player, Milan's interest in adding firepower to the squad has seen us shift interest onto Celtic's Moussa Dembele? A move is being plotted to 'steal a march' on rivals for his signature, including Premier League champions Chelsea.
Having signed from Fulham for just £500,000 last summer, Dembele's stock, and valuation, has grown after he scored 32 goals in all competitions for the Scottish treble winners last season.
Celtic are 'reluctant' to sell but the thought process is the Hoops would 'find it hard to resist a sizable offer' for Dembele, 20, should it come in from the Rossoneri.
An alternative option to Morata and/or Dembele to also be linked is Chelsea's Diego Costa. The Evening Standard reports Milan are 'considering making a bid' for the Spaniard following the weekend snub from Morata.
The main problem Milan could face wouldn't come down to the costs involved, the fact he's still got two years on his Chelsea deal even, this would most likely fail owing to the fact Costa said after the recent FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal that Atletico Madrid were the only side he would consider returning to should he leave the Blues, where he remains happy.