Juventus rue Morata's off-side goal

Whatever happens never, lose hope! Antonio Conte must be a die-hard fan of this phrase because Chelsea are lining up a £67million bid for Alvaro Morata and it turns out to be the third one.

Arsenal fans must be rejoicing to hear that as Morata has been an illusion for Wenger also.

The Real Madrid striker has emerged as a top priority target for the Blues, although Antonio Conte has had no joy so far trying to tempt the 23-year-old away from the Bernabeu.

Now according to Express Sport, Chelsea are lining up a third bid of £67m for the Spaniard.

Two bids made by the west London outfit worth £50m and £62m have already been rejected by Real Madrid.

However, on Thursday reports from Spain suggested that Chelsea lodged an official bid for Morata, only to watch their astonishing £62m offer rejected by the Champions League holders.

It certainly brought good news for Arsenal as they are also in the run for the Spaniard. Arsene Wenger even in the last winter transfer window was keen to sign him.

Real were expected to sell on the Spain international immediately after they activated the €30m buy-back clause in his contract at Juventus, but Cadena Ser report that the La Liga giants now see him as vital to their challenges on a number of fronts next season.

Morata remains a high-value target for the Blues despite the £33m arrival of Michy Batshuayi from Marseille.

The pair together could even be partnered together in the 3-5-2 system that new manager Antonio Conte is thought to want to implement when he starts work next month.

Chelsea have already missed out on the chance to sign Andre Gomes. The Valencia midfielder will join Barcelona after the two clubs reportedly have agreed on a fee.

Manchester United were also linked with a move for the 22-year-old, but Barca have won the race.

Meanwhile, Conte is considering making a bid for Romelu Lukaku, according to reports.

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