Reason Why Antonio Conte Always Wanted Morata Over Lukaku

Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata cuts a part of the netting from the goal after winning the UEFA Champions League Final.

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Alvaro Morata has finally completed his move to England, by securing a big money move to Chelsea. Romelu Lukaku was initially thought to be the Blues’ number one transfer target, but that particular move was reportedly hijacked by Manchester United from under Chelsea administration’s nose.

However, is that what really happened? Or is it just what the media has been reporting to fuel their columns that churn out hundreds of bogus transfer stories every year?

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims that while Lukaku might have been Chelsea’s prime transfer target, club manager Antonio Conte always wanted Morata on his side.

Conte was always doubtful of Lukaku’s signing because he had concerns over the Belgian’s work ethic when he is not on the ball. The Italian is a huge fan of Morata because he believes that the former Juventus marksman brings more to the team than just goals.

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku gestures after his shirt is ripped.

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If we have to find similarities, we can see how Lukaku is an identical player to Chelsea outcast Diego Costa. While Costa scored 20 goals last term, Conte didn’t wish to involve him in his future plans.

Morata, on the other hand, has a solid work ethic and can be a wonderful striker while being equally effective as a number 10 or even a wideman. His ball-playing abilities and his quick burst of pace make him a valuable asset for any manager in the world.

Having said that, the Spaniard also has one of the highest goals per minutes ratio in Europe’s top flight, despite majorly featuring as a substitute for Real Madrid.

One thing is clear: The Chelsea boss has got the man he wanted for a long time, and after the acquisition on Tiemoué Bakayoko from Monaco, the current Premier League Champions have a serious chance of defending their title.

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Written by Soumyarendra Barik  

Feels that every year is going to be Bayern Munich’s. Started off as a broadcast journalist with NDTV, but his love for writing brings him to the online world. A staunch believer!


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