19 July, 2017
Morata had been on United's radar before they swooped for Romelu Lukaku in a £75m deal from Everton - Chelsea's reported primary target this summer - but now seems ready to join Antonio Conte's squad if the rumours prove to be correct.
With the Brazilian costing around £26m, that leaves Morata expected to cost Chelsea around £62m.
As reported by the BBC, Diego Costa was left out of Chelsea's tour of the Far East amid interest from former employers Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea are reportedly closing in on a deal worth €80m (£70.7m, $92.1m) plus add-ons to complete the signing of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.
Conte, who signed a new two-year deal to stay at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, has been frustrated by Chelsea's business this summer.
Rodriguez had been a regular in his first season with Los Blancos, creating 13 goals and scoring just as many from 29 La Liga outings on the back of a stunning £71 million switch from principality dwellers Monaco.
Since returning from Italy in 2016, Morata's improvement has been obvious.
Conte gave the green-light to Chelsea's bosses to pursue Morata, Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Torino's Andrea Belotti, and now The Blues have gone ahead with a move for 24-year-old Morata. In 26 games last season, he matched that total. As the team arrives in Asia Wednesday morning, Loic Remy and Michy Batshuayi are the Blues' attacking options.