Chelsea signed the most expensive player in their history by netting Alvaro Morata from the La Liga giants Real Madrid for a net fee of £70 million. This is one of the biggest signings as we head to the end of the transfer season, and is Chelsea’s biggest signing ever since getting Fernando Torres from Liverpool for £50 million. Morata scored 20 goals off 49 apperances in the last season for La Liga and European champions Real Madrid, but was destined to move out as he often found himself out of favour with coach Zinedine Zidane who preferred French international Karim Benzema. After news broke of the Premier League adventure in store for Morara, especially in his Chelsea’s famous blue colours, Morata was seen snapping pictures with teammates saying their farewell and wishing him luck. However, reports suggest that, shockingly, Benzema refused to say farewell to Morata in an indication of the bad blood between the two players who often had to compete for the coach’s attention and a spot in the starting lineup.
Morata was one of the few home grown talents in the Real Madrid side. The Spain international was born and raised in Madrid, and progressed through the Real academy and the B team before he made his debut for the Real side in 2010. He shifted base to Juventus in 2014, where he won the Italian Serie A with Juventus twice. His sizzling performances caused his home team to initiate a buy-back for a figure of £27 million in 2016. His most recent stay at Benabeu has not been so good though, even though the side’s fortunes have gotten better and better with each season. Morata wrote a lengthy farewell on Twitter, stating that some will not understand his decision to bid his club goodbye for the second time, but that it was his decision and a new phase of his career. He also thanked the coaching staff, teammates and fans at the club for the last two years.
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has worked with Morata briefly at Juventus, and will be hoping to add some different flavour in his front lines with his addition.