Antonio Conte explains how Chelsea made fourth summer signing
The Chelsea boss discusses how the signing of Alvaro Morata was realised after the Blues previously targeted Romelu Lukaku
Antonio Conte has suggested that Chelsea wanted to sign Romelu Lukaku ahead of Alvaro Morata this summer.
The Blues completed a reported £58m deal to sign the Spain international last week as Conte strengthened his attacking options ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Morata was initially linked with a move to Manchester United after the Red Devils appeared to make the striker their top target after missing out on Antoine Griezmann.
Chelsea, meanwhile, were thought to be lining up a big-money move to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton despite selling the striker to the Toffees in 2014.
However, Manchester United stole a march on the Premier League champions and Lukaku completed a controversial £75m switch to Old Trafford earlier this month.
Chelsea turned to Morata and Conte signed the Real Madrid striker having missed out on the chance to work with the 24-year-old during his spell at Juventus.
Speaking at a media conference after Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Arsenal in Beijing on Saturday, Conte insisted he is a long-term admirer of Morata.
“I wanted him when I was at Juventus before I left,” Conte said.
“In that period he was very young but now, with experience at Juventus and Real Madrid, he is ready to come to Chelsea and to play for us.
“You know very well the dynamic of the market: it seemed that Morata would finish at Manchester United and Lukaku at Chelsea. Instead it happened the other way around.”
Chelsea have signed Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Morata in the summer transfer window so far.