Chelsea are reportedly set to make a €65m bid to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid this summer, and Antonio Conte is crucial in making it happen.
The Spaniard returned to the Bernabeu last summer with the promise that he would have a more prominent role at the club, but it hasn’t gone to plan under Zinedine Zidane.
Morata has made 34 appearances in all competitions so far this season, albeit mostly off the bench, scoring 13 goals and providing four assists in those outings.
With the likes of Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale always likely to be ahead of him in the pecking order, ultimately the solution for him is to move on and find a club willing to give him a bigger role.
According to AS, he has decided that he will leave Madrid at the end of the season, and with Conte informing Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that he wants a new striker ahead of next year, it looks as though Morata fits the bill.
It was in fact the Italian tactician who wanted Juventus to sign Morata in 2014 but he opted to move on and take the Italy job that same summer and so wasn’t able to work with him.
It appears as though he could now get the opportunity to do so with Chelsea ready to make a €65m to prise him away from the Spanish capital and help the Blues next season as they look to compete on various fronts.
With Conte on course to secure the Premier League title in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge, he’s unlikely to be able to rely solely on Diego Costa next season with Champions League football also added to the schedule.