Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has asked Roman Abramovich to fund a summer move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
According to AS, the 24-year-old has already made the decision to leave the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season after growing frustrated at his inability to dislodge Karim Benzema as the club’s main centre-forward this season.
It is also said that while the Spaniard only rejoined the La Liga giants last summer following a successful two-year spell with Juventus, he is ready to seek a new challenge after realising that he may never convince Zinedine Zidane of his ability.
As a result, Conte – who wanted to sign the striker in 2014 at Juve prior to being handed the Italian national team manager job – has made it clear to the Blues’ billionaire owner that he sees Morata as an important signing.
The report goes on to state that the current Premier League leaders will have to part company with £65million to sign a striker that has scored eight goals in 19 – nine as a starter – appearances in the top flight of Spanish football this season.
Would Alvaro Morata be an upgrade on Diego Costa?
If Chelsea were to sign Morata then make no mistake about it, he won’t want to be playing second fiddle to his Spanish compatriot and with constant rumours surrounding Costa’s future then the Madrid star could end up being the Blues’ main centre forward next season.
When looking at the pair’s statistics in their respective leagues this season, Morata comes out on top in all but one category and that’s shot accuracy as he trails Costa by a single percentage – although playing in fewer minutes can be seen as reason for that.