Chelsea: Could Antonio Conte Make Stunning Transfer Deal?

Spain and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata
Spain and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata at Stade de France, Paris, June 26. Morata has been linked with a transfer to Chelsea in the English Premier League. Handout/UEFA via Getty

New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has barely managed to get his feet under the desk at Stamford Bridge, but already he looks to be making a big splash in the summer transfer market.

According to Marca, the Spanish newspaper, former Italy manager Conte wants Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid and Spain to be his new striker in west London.

Morata, of course, has only just been brought back to Spain by Madrid, following a successful period at Juventus in Serie A.

There are strong suggestions, though, that Madrid has taken Morata, one of the stars of UEFA Euro 2016, back into the fold in the Spanish capital only to sell him on for a much larger fee.

That price may be up to £64 million ($83.3 million)—fairly staggering in any normal climate, though perhaps not in this summer's super-heated English Premier League transfer market, with a bumper new television deal coming in and Manchester United, reportedly, willing to pay £100 million for France and Juventus superstar Paul Pogba.

Conte, of course, worked with Morata at Juventus before he became Italy coach, so he knows what kind of a talent he is dealing with.

Still, after already lavishing more than £30 million ($39 million) on Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, it would appear unlikely that Conte would go into the market again for such a massive investment.

Diego Costa, though, may be on his way back to Atletico Madrid, in which case Chelsea's new Italian manager may need another striker.

Morata would fit into the system he wants to play, though that is only a little of the battle. File this under unlikely, but possible and plausible.

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