Like a scene from a famous classic film, Chelsea’s Italian manager Antonio Conte has decided to splash the cash and give Real Madrid an offer they can’t refuse – a £34-million deal to sign prolific centre-forward Alvaro Morata.
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The 24-year-old Morata has been in commendable form for Los Blancos this season, scoring 12 goals and assisting in four more in his 30 appearances for the club so far in all competitions – that’s a goal scored for every 105 minutes of play.
To put that in perspective: the team’s first-choice striker, Karim Benzema, has averaged a goal for every 160 minutes of play this season.
Clearly producing better results than his more-established colleague, the former Atletico Madrid youth player is doing a phenomenal job at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as it stands – a fact not lost on Premier League giants Chelsea.
Chelsea boss Conte has just left the post as Juventus boss to manage Italy when Morata was brought in by the Turin heavyweights in 2014, although it is understood that Conte had been targeting the Spaniard for some time before he left the Bianconeri.
The clinical forward went on to have a fantastic couple of seasons for his new club, forcing Real Madrid to buy him back last year.
Now it appears the Blues boss is keen to rekindle his interest in Morata and finally get a chance to coach such a promising star. According to the Spanish daily Diario Gol, Chelsea have just tabled a whopping £34-million to land Morata – an offer Real Madrid officials are finding hard to refuse.
Los Blancos supremo Fiorentino Perez, however, is not budging and is insistent Morata will not be leaving the Spanish capital for less than £42-million.
For that price, Morata is definitely well worth the outlay. Chelsea have the cash to spend that kind of money and they know they’d buying a solid, well-established striker. The London-based club, however, are confident their initial offer is enough to reel in Morata to Stamford Bridge.