Published: Sun, July 23, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Conte reveals Morata always his No 1 transfer target…not Lukaku

Conte reveals Morata always his No 1 transfer target…not Lukaku

The Spain worldwide still scored 20 goals last season despite being a fringe player and has winning Serie A, La Liga and the Champions League on his CV.

Upon completing his transfer, Morata told the club's official website: 'I am so happy to be here.

Ex-Everton forward Lukaku joined Jose Mourinho at Manchester United earlier this month in a £75m transfer, but Conte has claimed Spain worldwide Morata was always the priority.

However, Manchester United - also weighing up a move for both strikers - beat Chelsea to the punch, signing Lukaku in a £75million deal.

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Asked whether the price paid for Morata was fair after he had previously warned about the spending power of Chinese clubs, Conte acknowledged that "for sure this transfer market is crazy".

"Morata is our first choice".

"I like his (Morata's) technique".

"I think for sure this is a good signing for us".

"I think if you want to buy a simple player, okay, a normal player, you have to start to think to spend 40-50 million euros, and I think this is incredible", he said.

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The 24-year-old became the west London club's fourth signing of the summer as he arrived following Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko. "Morata is a good finisher, he showed this in the past".

"In January, the Costa situation was very clear for the club, for him and his agent", the Chelsea boss said.

Costa, who wants to return to Atletico Madrid, scored 52 goals for Chelsea in three seasons, which helped them win two titles.

"One player is not important", Conte said.

"The most important thing for our club, the players and fans, is that we are building something important".

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