It took over a month to do but it appears that the defending Premier League Champions Chelsea have signed their desired striker, 24 year old Spaniard Alvaro Morata from two-time reigning UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid for 58 Million Pounds pending the player’s medical. For Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte this move represents a solid Plan B signing after Manchester United spoiled his bid to re-sign former Chelsea player Romelu Lukaku. The reason this move was so key for the Blues is because Conte has reportedly told current striker Diego Costa that he is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge despite Costa’s 20 league goals this past season. For the record Morata bagged 20 goals across all competitions, which may make this sound like an even swap or a downgrade for Chelsea and makes it sound like they overpaid. However once it is factored in that  Morata scored all of those goals while competing against Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez (who has also left the Bernabeu this summer), and Karim Benzema for playing time and scoring chances and it would be reasonable to believe that Morata has a higher ceiling than the temperamental 28 year old Costa.

Real Madrid also stands to win from this move as the influx of money into their bank accounts (roughly 67 million euros according to current exchange rates) may allow them to further pursue Monaco’s teenage phenom Kylian Mbappe who has been linked with the Spanish giants since the window opened on July 1st. Morata may join the Blues as early as this weekend for the club’s tour of China but it is more likely that he will not make a debut until the 2017 FA Community Shield game in between Chelsea and the FA Cup winners Arsenal, who coincidentally is also their opponent in this weekend’s friendly fixture. Whether a deal for the outgoing Costa has been agreed to already has not yet been confirmed.

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