Antonio Conte may finally allow Thibaut Courtois to leave Chelsea if it means he can land one of his chief transfer targets.
Real Madrid have been heavily linked with the stopper for a while, who previously played for their city rivals Atletico.
The Sun report that the Blues may therefore use Courtois as bait to land Los Blancos striker Alvaro Morata, who Conte signed for Juventus in 2014.
Although he took the Italy job soon after that, he still rates the Spain international as his ideal type of striker.
Such is the breadth of talent in Madrid’s attack, which includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and when he’s fit, Gareth Bale, that Morata hasn’t made much impact since re-signing for Real last summer.
A player of Morata’s calibre ought to be playing more regularly and could become the main man in Chelsea’s front line were Diego Costa to leave for China at the end of the season.
The only missing piece in all this is who would replace Courtois if he headed to the Bernabeu.
The same newspaper claim that Chelsea players have approached Conte to ask him to sign England stopper Joe Hart if he does decide to replace his current goalkeeper.