Chelsea rocked as club-record £62.7m bid for Conte target is rejected

Chelsea’s transfer plans have been dealt a huge blow, with reports from Cadena SER claiming that Real Madrid have rejected a stunning €75m (£62.7m) from them for Alvaro Morata.

The Spanish striker, who starred for his nation at EURO 2016 with three goals, has been aligned with the Blues for much of the past few weeks.

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Indeed, reports have claimed that Antonio Conte has been in ‘almost daily contact’ with the 23-year-old in a bid to lure him away from Madrid to complete his ‘dream’ attacking line-up, which would included Morata and Diego Costa.

However, Cadena SER claim that Real have no desire whatsoever to sell their academy graduate and that they have rejected a £62.7m offer from Chelsea.

Such a sum would have made Morata the most expensive player in the Londoners’ history – surpassing the £50m they paid for Fernando Torres in 2011 – and would have pushed their spending under Conte well past the £100m mark following deals for Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante.

It’s understood that Morata, whom Real recently re-signed from Juventus thanks to a buy-back clause they had in place, features in Zinedine Zidane’s first-team plans heading into 2016/17.

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