Batshuayi & Morata

Chelsea manager Conte is unhappy with Alvaro Morata transfer for two reasons


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is unhappy. That much is clear.

However, it seems that one big bone of contention is the transfer of Alvaro Morata, with Conte claiming the player was too expensive and that Chelsea were held to ransom – and overpaid.

Yahoo Sport also claim he also feels that the club took too long in order to complete the deal, and he had to go into the season with a star forward who was not prepared and did not know the squad well enough.

Of course, many people may claim that had Conte kept Diego Costa on side, that could well have been avoided for at least the start of the season, and Chelsea could have easily sold Costa to Atletico Madrid come the winter transfer window when the La Liga side are once again able to register players.

That would have kept a player who knows the Premier League at the club for another six months, and allowed Morata the time to bed in – and removed a huge amount of pressure to boot.


Not first choice?

There are of course questions of if Chelsea even wanted Morata as their first choice forward, with many of the board thought to be keen on keeping Diego Costa, and others wanting to see Romelu Lukaku back at the club as their main man.

Neither of those options are feasible now, and Chelsea have a depleted squad through injury and suspension – in addition to seeing several players leave over the last 12 months, and failing to really replace them.

It may have been the ideal time for them to turn to the young stars – yet again, the club decided not to do that, and now it looks like they are facing a real struggle to put a quality first eleven – let alone a bench – together for the second game of the season.