Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to add another striker to his lineup before the start of the English Premier League (EPL) season and he sees Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid as the perfect piece in his jigsaw puzzle. The Italian is reportedly in contact with the Spaniard daily as he tries to convince the striker to make his way towards Stamford Bridge this summer.
Conte wants to offer $66.5 million to Real Madrid for Morata. The 23-year-old is unsure of his playing time at the Santiago Bernabeu with forwards like Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale already at the club. He wants to play for a club which could offer him more playing time to aid his development as a player, according to Sport Witness.
Chelsea recently ended the loan spells of Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato and are thin upfront. Conte wants to add Morata to the mix to strengthen his attacking options at Stamford Bridge.
Real Madrid exercised their buy back option of Morata to sign the striker from Juventus this summer. The Los Blancos paid $33 million to bring their academy product back to Madrid. However, it is still unsure of what the club wants to do with the player since they have an abundance of attacking options upfront.
It was believed that Real Madrid wants to sell the striker for profit. But, after Cristiano Ronaldo injured himself in the finals of Euro 2016, manager Zinedine Zidane wants to keep hold of the player and also offer him an extended contract at the club. He is also supposedly given a new jersey number, which could suggest that Morata will be staying in Madrid this season, according to AS.
The 23-year-old is considered as a brilliant prospect for the future and his progress could be stalled at Real Madrid since getting into the first XI will be a challenge. Hence, a transfer to Chelsea seems more likely as Conte has already assured the striker that he features strongly in his plans for the new season.
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