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Real Madrid decide not to sell Chelsea transfer target - report

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If Chelsea and manager Antonio Conte are still looking to sign another striker, our options may have just dwindled again.  After Graziano Pellè's decision to move to China, according to Spanish newspaper AS, Real Madrid have decided to not sell Álvaro Morata.  The report from AS matches the word from Marca from a few days ago.

Morata's agent Juanma López has been negotiating terms for a potential transfer deal with Chelsea, but Real's directors and manager Zinedine Zidane see the player as ready to play a significant role next season, which was Morata's chief concern.  They also aren't willing to let go of a player clearly on the rise who was just re-purchased by the club for €30 million.

The list of clubs that were also keen on acquiring Morata included Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal. Local rivals Atlético Madrid also enquired, but their approach was refused outright by the Merengues.

Latest reports claimed that Madrid rated Morata at €75 million, and with Chelsea having already spent around €40 million on Michy Batshuayi one had to wonder whether continuing to pursue another striker in the market for that price would be wise. Hopefully this marks the true end of this silly transfer saga, so we can set our focus straight onto improving other areas of actual need, like midfield and defense.