Alvaro Morata.

Alvaro Morata reveals what Chelsea were willing to do to sign him this summer

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Even after securing the signing of Michy Batshuayi in a £33 million deal before Euro 2016 kicked off, Chelsea's pursuit of a striker this summer was well documented.

The two names that the top of Antonio Conte's wish list were thought to be Everton's Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, now of Real Madrid.

Of course, neither striker ultimately arrived at Stamford Bridge before the summer transfer window closed on August 31. However, speaking this week, Morata has now revealed just how big Chelsea's offer was as they tried to lure him to west London.

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"Chelsea showed the most interest," the Spanish international told Sport Bild, via ESPN. "Antonio Conte had already signed me for Juventus.

"And it was a very good offer this time. I would have been the most expensive Spanish player ever."

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The player who currently holds that honour is Fernando Torres who, of course, moved to Chelsea from Liverpool for £50 million in 2011.

However, according to Morata, Antonio Conte was willing to go well above that mark to sign him this summer.

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Again per ESPN, the Los Blancos forward confirmed that Chelsea's bid was "roughly €70m". That would have meant a £60 million transfer fee in today's current exchange rate.

Morata's revelation sums up just how keen the Premier League side were to bolster their attacking options before the new campaign began.

With many of the opinion that the only reason why Real Madrid re-signed the Spaniard this summer after two years at Juventus was in order to sell him on for a significant profit, it looks like Chelsea were more than willing to oblige.

Better option

As it was, though, Morata opted to stay with Real after reassurances about his place in the first team from Zinedine Zidane.

"Real said that they have me in their plans, and that was always a dream of mine," he explained.

Although Conte will have been disappointed at the time to miss out on a player he knew well from his time in Turin, things haven't turned out too badly for Chelsea in front of goal so far this season.

Diego Costa - a player many assumed would himself be moving to Madrid to rejoin Atletico - has hit the ground running under his new manager and already has five goals in as many Premier League fixtures.


Meanwhile, Batshuayi has adapted well to the English game and impressed during his cameo appearances so far this season.

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