Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has revealed that Chelsea made an unsuccessful £60m bid for him in the summer transfer window.
Morata moved back to Real Madrid this summer after his former club activated the £23 million buy-back option to re-sign him. He had originally joined Juventus from Los Blancos in a £17m move in 2014.
The 23-year-old told in a recent interview that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who also signed him at Juventus, wanted to bring him to Stamford Bridge, but his heart was set on moving back to La Liga giants.
“Chelsea showed the most interest,” the Spain international told German newspaper Sport Bild.
“Antonio Conte had already signed me for Juventus and it was a very good offer this time. I would have been the most expensive Spanish player ever.
“They offered roughly 70 million Euros, but Real Madrid said they had me in their plans and that was always my dream.”
Morata has made a decent start to his second spell with Real and has scored two goals in six appearances in all competitions. He scored a crucial injury-time winner for Real in the Champions League game with Sporting Lisbon last week.
Meanwhile, Chelsea ended up signing Michy Batshuayi from Marseille instead of Morata. The Belgium international has scored three goals in six appearances in all competitions for the West London club.