The Guardian reports that Chelsea will be "step up" efforts to acquire Juventus striker Álvaro Morata and look to complete a deal before the start of the Euros. The 23-year-old was once targeted by Conte while in charge of Juventus, though by the time the forward arrived in Turin, Conte had left to become Italy national team manager. A belated reunion then is supposedly on the cards at Chelsea.
Despite note scoring a huge amount of goals, Morata would not come cheap. His former club Real Madrid are keen on activating a buy-back clause of £23 million in his contract and then flip him afterwards for at least £40 million and a healthy profit. While Chelsea could no doubt meet such demands, £40m is no small chunk of change to just throw about haphazardly. If Diego Costa were to indeed leave, would we entrust our attack to Morata?
Meanwhile, Morata himself just hopes for a quick resolution to any transfer talks so he can focus on his national team and the forthcoming championship. As he said last week in an interview with AS:
"Hopefully everything will be resolved before then, because it is uncomfortable to be helping your country with phone in hand. My wish is to succeed in Madrid, but Madrid have great players and what I want is to play and feel important. There are some offers from England that are tempting, not only because of the contract."
"I think my characteristics mean the Premier League would be a great destination. With what I have learned in Italy, if I have the chance to learn something more in England I think it would make me a more complete player. I am 23 years old and I want to progress, to play and learn from the best."
-Álvaro Morata; Source: Guardian
With Chelsea set to lose veteran strikers Radamel Falcao, Alexandre Pato and Loïc Rémy, and with Diego Costa still on Atlético Madrid's radar, a striker like Morata could become a transfer priority for the club. The question would then become, what's more outrageous, Morata at £40m or Lukaku at £65m?