Either Alvaro Morata really likes to dine with board members of Serie A clubs, or he’s trying to engineer a move back to Italy.
First, there was an encounter with Juventus’ director of football, Fabio Paratici, back in May, which came to nothing after the Italian side decided to focus on a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.
Now it’s Milan’s turn, as Gazzetta dello Sport reveal the Chelsea striker and his entourage met with Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli for dinner on Monday evening.
Before anyone gets overly excited, the Italian newspaper explain this doesn’t mean negotiations have opened regarding the Spaniard’s transfer, but it’s ‘definitely more than an idea’.
While the vast majority of the details of the discussion haven’t filtered, what did come up, according to Gazzetta, is Morata’s desire to leave Chelsea and return to Italy.
After a tepid second half of the season at Stamford Bridge, which led to him missing out on a spot in Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad for the World Cup, the Blues’ forward wants one thing, and one thing only: a guaranteed starting spot.
This desire to play week in, week out would even make him consider missing out on European football for a season (Milan are banned from the Europa League).
The main issue remains how much Chelsea will want for Morata, and the only way Milan can afford him is if one or two of their current stars leave, with the most likely being Suso, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Leonardo Bonucci.
Much of this is similar to what’s been reported before, but we thought you might want to know about Morata’s dining habits in more detail.
Hopefully we’ll get to know what he ordered next time.