Chelsea plan to hijack Manchester United's pursuit of Alvaro Morata

However, Morata has now emerged as a key target for Chelsea, to replace fellow Spain global Diego Costa.

Real Madrid were rocked by widespread claims in the media on Friday that Ronaldo wants to leave the Spanish capital in the summer.

Starsport understands Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and Torino's Andrea Belotti are also on the Special One's wish list.

The Spaniard has become frustrated with his lack of game time at the Bernabeu under boss Zinedine Zidane.

Morata has been heavily linked with a transfer to Manchester United in recent days as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his squad at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo's representatives Gestifute have denied the accusation, while Madrid have said they are "absolutely convinced that our player Cristiano Ronaldo will prove his total innocence in this process".

As a result, the Morata link makes sense, but it will leave United and Mourinho far from impressed if they miss out on two of their top targets to their Premier League rivals. However, with no affirmative updates from either side, Chelsea are now looking to hijack United's move.

The reports say that Roman Abramovich has given his nod to the Board for a £70 million move to land the 24-year-old, which will come as a huge blow to United's plans of securing the striker.

Alvaro Morata Highlights from last season. Chelsea's current situation with Conte might see United edge the Blues to Morata.

Despite Chelsea being willing to offer £70m for the 24-year-old, Madrid would rather trade in players, the Mirror claim.