Photo: Alvaro Morata all smiles after completing Chelsea deal

After weeks of dragging, Chelsea have finally completed the signing of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid in a deal believed to be worth around £70 million.

Signing the 24-year-old forward comes as a huge relief for Antonio Conte.

The Blues boss had been left frustrated after many futile attempts to sign a striker. The Italian manager was faced with striking problems, with Diego Costa leaving the club this summer and Romelu Lukaku’s bid hijacked by Manchester United.

The Premier League champions were also linked with moves for Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-EmerickAubameyang and Torino forward Andre Belotti but reached an agreement with Real Madrid for the signing of Morata on Wednesday.

The Spanish forward left the Champions League winners’ pre-season tour of US to have his medicals at Chelsea yesterday and will join his new team-mates on their tour in China.

Morata replaces his Spain national team-mate Diego Costa at Chelsea. The latter was told by Conte to find himself a new club for next season.

Morata rejoined Real Madrid from Juventus last summer and scored 20 goals as the Los Blancos won the La Liga title and the Champions League. He had won the European title with them before moving to Juventus in 2014.

Conte has already brought in Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Willy Caballero as the former Juventus boss aims to defend the Premier League title next season and also make a statement in the Champipns League.