Reports have surfaced that both Alex Sandro and Alvaro Morata have rejected the opportunity to join Chelsea to remain at their current clubs which would be another huge disappointment for Antonio Conte.
If these reports are true, then it’s another disastrous transfer window for Chelsea which seems to have been the case for the third summer running. Serious questions need to be asked of Michael Emenalo and the Chelsea board.
After a victorious season winning the Premier League, Chelsea should have taken the step forward to recruit a number of players to strengthen our squad, just as we should have done three seasons ago having won the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho. Back then we didn’t, we hesitated and did not sign our prime targets and it seems as though THREE of Antonio Conte’s prime targets have rejected the opportunity to come to West London this time around.
First we missed out on Romelu Lukaku who decided (with his agent’s help to the tune of £12m in his own pocket) to sign for Manchester United who came SIXTH last season. With reports that Antonio Conte had personally contacted the Belgian striker throughout the summer, the club could not follow up and get the deal done and we lost out.
Now, Alex Sandro who had seemed to have his heart set on a record breaking £60m move to become the worlds most expensive defender and sign for Chelsea, has now had a change of mind and his more than happy to sign a new deal at Juventus to remain in Italy.
For me personally, I wouldn’t pay anywhere near that amount of money for him as he didn’t impress me that much last season. I am sure there are other options available at left back to challenge Marcos Alonso for the regular starting place. Players like Ryan Bertrand or Ryan Cresswell from West Ham would be cheaper alternatives with both having Premier League experience.
However, if the initial reports are true and Conte had made him a prime target then who I am to judge the manager who came here and made a massive impact last season.
As for Alvaro Morata? Now that for me would be a massive blow especially for Conte himself who had originally signed him for Juventus in the first place. As we have seen and as I had posted two days ago, Morata would be next in line following in the footsteps of Didier Drogba and Diego Costa leading our line.
OK, it seems that Chelsea’s (or should we Michael Emenalo’s) preferred target was Lukaku this summer with Morata looking like joining Manchester United. If reports are to be believed then United could not agree a fee for Morata so turned their focus to Lukaku and impressively, got the deal done with no messing about or hesitation.
So having missed out on Lukaku, Chelsea have turned their focus to Alvaro Morata and it looked like he was keen to come to Chelsea. However, its being reported now that having held talks with Real Madrid, Morata is now fully focused and committed to challenge Karim Benzema for the starting spot in the Spanish capital this season, rejecting the opportunity to sign for Antonio Conte for a second time.
No words can describe the frustration for us as Chelsea fans and most importantly of all, for Antonio Conte if this is true with both players. As I said, serious questions need to be asked!