Chelsea set to miss out on Real Madrid striker – report

Real Madrid believe Alvaro Morata will remain in the Spanish capital, according to reports in Italy

Chelsea are set to miss out on Alvaro Morata as the striker is expected to remain at Real Madrid beyond the summer, according to reports in Italy.

Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will get his wish and manage to keep hold of the Spain international ahead of the 2016/17 La Liga campaign.

The same story reveals that the imminent sale of Jese to Paris Saint-Germain means Los Blancos want to keep Morata in their ranks to provide attacking depth ahead of the new season.

The Italian media outlet adds that Chelsea are still hoping that Madrid will relent and sell the 23-year-old striker before the conclusion of the summer transfer window.

Morata returned to the Spanish capital from Serie A champions Juventus earlier this summer after Madrid activated the centre-forward’s buyback clause.

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Antonio Conte has been linked with a host of different players since taking over the reins at Stamford Bridge earlier this summer.

The Chelsea manager has signed Belgium international Michy Batshuayi in a £34m deal from Marseille at the start of July before he completed a £30m deal for Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante.

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