Alvaro Morata revealed he has spoken with ex-Chelsea striker Fernando Torres as he prepares to complete his own transfer to Stamford Bridge.
Morata arrived at Heathrow airport on Thursday morning after leaving Real Madrid’s pre-season training base in Los Angeles as he gets set to seal his move to Chelsea.
The initial £58million fee, which could rise to £70.6million with add-ons, will break Chelsea’s previous transfer record – the £50million they paid to Liverpool for Torres in 2011.
And Morata said he had a conversation with the man whose transfer record he is set to break, ahead of his move to the Premier League champions.
‘I have spoken with Fernando, who has told me he’ll give me a hand with whatever I need,’ Morata told Spanish outlet AS.
‘I have been training hard for whatever outcome, but I was clear that this was my objective. It’s sad to leave Real Madrid, but I hope that everything will go well for me at Chelsea.’
Torres struggled to live up to his transfer fee during his spell in west London, scoring just 20 Premier League goals in 110 appearances.
But the 33-year-old striker, who is currently back with his boyhood club Atletico Madrid, has now offered to help Morata learn from his own experience at Chelsea.
Morata is expected to sign a five-year deal at Chelsea worth around £155,000 a week and will become the most expensive Spanish footballer ever, another record previously held by Torres.
The 24-year-old will become Chelsea’s fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero.