Chelsea manager Antonio Conte prefers not to reveal his cards when he was asked about a potential move for Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata during his team’s US tour.
Morata and Romelu Lukaku still remain the Italian’s top priority targets as he is keen to land one more centre-forward before the transfer window closes. However, respective price tags of £67million and £75m might be too much even for Chelsea, who have already splashed out £33.1m on Michy Batshuayi this summer.
But that hasn’t stopped Chelsea supporters speculating over Morata’s, also a target for Arsenal, possible move to Stamford Bridge.
Several enthusiastic fans put their mindset exactly so to Antonio Conte as he stopped to sign autographs outside Chelsea’s training camp in Los Angeles, asking whether the Blues would make a move for Morata or Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik.
Conte, however, wouldn’t be persuaded and simply laughed off questions from the Chelsea fans.
Arsenal fans must be rejoicing to see 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.
Last week Express Sport reported that 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.
Chelsea lodged an official bid for Morata for the second time earlier this month, 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 the Spain international immediately after they activated the €30m buy-back clause in his contract at Juventus, but it now appears the La Liga giants see him as vital to their challenges on a number of fronts next season.