Chelsea have ended up with Morata after missing out on Lukaku (Pictures: Getty)

Former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka believes incoming Chelsea signing Alvaro Morata could be slower than Manchester United new-boy Romelu Lukaku this season.

The Spain international is close to finalising a transfer to Stamford Bridge after lengthy speculation over his future, but wasn’t Chelsea’s first choice target up front this summer.

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The Blues had been linked for months with a move to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton, before seeing their move hijacked by United as they surprisingly won the race for the Belgian.

Comparing the two players, Karanka believes Lukaku’s knowledge of the Premier League and previous experience of working under Jose Mourinho will make him the more successful purchase at least initially.

Morata was not a regular for Real Madrid last season (Picture: Getty)
Lukaku was Chelsea’s first choice before he joined United (Picture: Getty)

‘I think Man United have a little bit advantage because Lukaku knows the league,’ Karanka told Sky Sports News.

Goals in the last four seasons (all comps)
Lukaku – 87

Morata – 56

‘Lukaku knows Jose when they were working together at Chelsea.

‘Alvaro is new in the league and it is true that he knows the coach (Antonio Conte) but you have to say Lukaku for knowing the league has a little bit of advantage.’

Lukaku scored 25 league goals for Everton last season, finishing second to Harry Kane in the Golden Boot rankings, while Morata managed 15 in La Liga for Real Madrid, though he was not a regular starter for Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Aitor Karanka knows Morata from his time at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)
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Most painfully for Chelsea, they let Lukaku go as a youngster having hardly given him a chance in their first-team, allowing him to leave for just £28m in 2014.

He joins the likes of Juan Mata, Kevin De Bruyne and Daniel Sturridge as major players let go by Chelsea who have gone on to shine for their Premier League rivals.

Chelsea's pre-season fixtures

July 22 – Arsenal (Beijing)
July 25 – Bayern Munich (Singapore – International Champions Cup)
July 29 – Inter Milan (Singapore – International Champions Cup)
Aug 6 – Arsenal (Wembley – Community Shield)

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