Spanish striker Alvaro Morata reveals that he could have signed for Premier League giants Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
Real Madrid decided to activate the buy-back clause in the player’s contract after he impressed at Juventus, and they had an opportunity to make instant profit on the 23-year-old footballer as several top clubs expressed interest in his services.
His former Juventus boss Antonio Conte was eager to bring Morata to Stamford Bridge and the striker reveals the Blues offered around €70 million for his services.
“Chelsea showed the most interest,” Morata told Sport Bild. “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.
“Even though Chelsea offered roughly €70m, Real said that they had me in their plans, and that was always a dream of mine.”
Despite not being as prolific as some other world-class strikers, Alvaro Morata is held in high regard by top European clubs and it appears that Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane trusts him as well, or else he would not have refused such a good proposal from Chelsea.
Morata will be vying Karim Benzema for a starting berth this season, and he has so far registered one goal in four league outings.