Manchester United have suddenly entered a transfer tussle with arch rivals Chelsea for the signature of their transfer long term target Alvaro Morata.
Morata has been on the transfer radar of Man United as their priority target but reports have indicated that the Spaniard could favour a switch to Stamford Bridge as he may want a reunion with former manager Antonio Conte.
The Spanish striker had agreed personal terms to switch to Man United in the previous week but it appears that the Premier League Champions will do a Pedro to Man United. Pedro was on the cusp of a United switch but ended up lacing his boots for Chelsea.
Morata once played for Juventus under the watch of Antonio Conte and on his appointment as the manager of Chelsea, Conte had tried to sign Morata last summer – he has now reignited his interest in the striker despite keen interest from United.
The 24-year-old had made bare his mind on why he may prefer a Chelsea move, as reported by the Guardian.
“Conte is the manager who most ‘bet’ on me, without even ever having had me in his team. I’m very conscious of that: he bet on me for Juventus but left before I arrived; then he wanted me at Chelsea come what may. He knows me better than I could imagine, I’m sure, and that’s important: it motivates you to work hard, train well.
“I feel indebted to him because he’s the coach that most trusted in me, most wanted me, who made me feel I could perform at the highest level. And yet I’ve never had the fortune to actually work with him. I’m sure sooner or later I will.”
Chelsea’s interest in the striker would have come as a blow for United who are currently without an established centre-forward. The Red Devils released Swedish football god Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mourinho had personally called Morata to signify his interest.
Morata is currently less preferred to Karim Benzema in the squad of Los Blancos and he may not play as regularly as he wants unless he leaves Santiago Bernabeu.
Morata is valued at £70m ($89m) by Madrid.