Alvaro Morata lands at Heathrow, goes for Chelsea medical, avoids Man Utd question
Chelsea last night made their move for the Real Madrid striker, agreeing a fee worth an initial £58m rising to around £70m with
Antonio Conte has been frustrated with Chelsea’s transfer dealings this summer but has now landed a top-quality striker to replace Diego Costa.
Morata’s British Airways flight from Los Angeles touched down in London this morning and the Spain international will now make his way to Chelsea for a medical.
The 24-year-old revealed why he has joined the Blues, telling Sky Sports: "Because it's the best club. Antonio Conte is one of the best coaches in the world and I'm so happy to work with Antonio."
But he dodged a question about why a move to Manchester United broke down, replying: "I don't know. The most important thing is I am here, I will play for Chelsea." Morata aimed a thinly-veiled dig at Jose Mourinho when speaking to reporters at LAX airport yesterday after leaving Real Madrid’s pre-season training camp. He said: "I'm going to the team managed by the coach who has placed the most faith in me, and that's great for me."
Manchester United tried to sign Morata earlier this summer but turned to Romelu Lukaku after being frustrated by their talks with Real Madrid. But Morata is fully focused on Chelsea after sealing a move away from Real Madrid and saying goodbye to his team-mates. And he has spoken to former Blues striker Fernando Torres and full-back Cesar Azpilicueta about life at Stamford Bridge already. "I have thanked him [Zinedine Zidane] for everything, and wished him luck for this year,” Morata added. "I've won four titles, among them my second Champions League with Madrid. I leave happy because the last time I pulled on the Madrid shirt was in Cibeles [square in the Spanish capital]." "I have spoken with Azpilicueta. And also with Fernando Torres, who has told me he'll give me a hand with whatever I need."
Morata had been so sure he was on his way to Manchester United that he dyed his hair red - he was wearing a hat after landing in London we can’t confirm whether or not he’s had a blue rinse.
But Jose Mourinho was not having second thoughts on choosing Lukaku, hissing: "I'm not interested in what Chelsea does, really. "With Chelsea it was obvious they were going to sign a striker after the situation with the manager and Diego (Costa). "We needed a striker, so yes, we needed one even with Zlatan in his best conditions, we needed one to give cover, give options." Real Madrid will now use the money from Morata’s sale to try to sign Kylian Mbappe, while Chelsea look to offload Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid. The Blues want £44m for the 28-year-old but Atletico value him at closer to £25m.
Costa wants a return to Atletico but the Spanish club are banned from making incoming transfers until January. The Spain hitman does not want to put his career on hold for six months but has been pictured wearing an Atletico shirt to emphasise his desire about returning.
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