Reports suggest that Antonio Conte always preferred a move for Spanish international striker Alvaro Morata although Chelsea chiefs preferred Manchester United’s new forward and Belgian international Romelu Lukaku.
This opinion was given by Steve Nicol who has had his say on Morata’s proposed move to Chelsea after a deal was agreed with Real Madrid with the player set to undergo a medical today.
“You can’t guarantee (Morata will score lots of goals) but with the ability that he has…” he said on ESPN FC.
“I have to say I think this signing is the signing that Conte would want or prefer.
“You said that he wasn’t first choice, he probably wasn’t first choice for the transfer committee, that’s what it looked like.
“I think he was Conte’s first choice, absolutely fits in at Chelsea for me, no danger”
“You can’t guarantee goals but I’ll tell you what, I’d be shocked if he doesn’t score a bag of them.”
Chelsea had been on the search for a striker since the summer transfer window was opened, and more so after Conte deemed Diego Costa surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
Morata will be Chelsea’s fourth signing this summer preceded by the arrivals of Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Willy Caballero at the club.
Chelsea play their first Premier League game against Burnley in defence of their league title on Saturday, August 12. This will be preceded by a community shield encounter against Arsenal at Wembley.
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