By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, subject to the Spain international agreeing personal terms and passing a medical, the Premier League champions said on Wednesday. British media reports said Chelsea would pay around 70 million pounds ($91 million) for Morata, which would shatter the club's current transfer record by eclipsing the 50 million they spent on Fernando Torres in 2011. "Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge," Chelsea said in a statement.
Athletic Bilbao could finalise a deal for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mikel Merino this week. The 21-year-old joined the Bundesliga club from Osasuna last summer, but failed to make a big impact in Germany, making eight league appearances, mainly appearing from the substitutes bench, as Dortmund finished third. AS via Sport 1 believe Athletic are stepping up their interest in Merino, reportedly offering a transfer bid in the region of €10m for the midfielder. Merino only cost €3.85m last summer following his switch from Osasuna, despite having impressed in Spain's Segunda Division, scoring six goals in 35 league appearances during the 2015-16 season. Current Athletic manager Jose Angel Ziganda