Despite shelling out big money to draft in Porto starlet Andre Silva, AC Milan are on the verge of completing the transfer of another world class striker.

The Italian outfit have already acquired some of the finest talent across Europe, and they continue to be heavily linked with more names such as Renato Sanches and Andrea Bellotti.

But reports are now surfacing claiming the club are close to securing the services of Alvaro Morata. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, AC Milan are nearing the transfer of the Real Madrid striker.

While they slapped a whopping £79 million price tag on the Spaniard, they're set to accept a £61 million offer tabled by AC Milan.

Morata is set to say goodbye to the Santiago Bernabeu. Image: PA

Morata has been subject to intense transfer speculation since the end of the season. A host of clubs have been monitoring his situation with Manchester United reportedly very close to signing him.

Though Real Madrid refused to budge on their asking price, preventing the deal from being completed which prompted Jose Mourinho to splash out £75 million for Everton's Romelu Lukaku.

As well as United, Chelsea were also keeping tabs on Morata. Antonio Conte was hoping to lure the 24-year-old as he continues to eye a replacement for Diego Costa who's days seem numbered in England, following his bizarre antics on social media.

Morata in action for Juventus during the Champions League. Image: PA

AC Milan's CEO Marco Fassone drew up a striker transfer shortlist which also includes Torino's red-hot Belotti and Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

While targeting those pair of strikers, it appears the club will land Morata.

"It'd be nice to have one from Andrea Belotti, Morata or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. We'll see who the choice lands on, even if there are also other names who haven't been splashed on the front pages yet," Fassone said via The Daily Mail.

"Evidently we are still thinking of doing something in that position," he added.

Where will this man be plying his trade, next season? Image: PA

If Morata completes his transfer to the iconic San Siro, it'll be his second stint in the Serie A after a spell with Juventus where he bagged 27 goals in 93 games, in all competitions from 2014 to 2016.

The fallen European giants have already drafted in Silva, Ricardo Rodriguez, Hakan Calhanoglu, Andrea Conti, Mateo Musacchio, Franck Kessie, Fabio Borini, Leonardo Bonucci AND Lucas Biglia.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a writer at SPORTbible. He is a combat sport aficionado and contributes to boxing and MMA articles.

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