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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to make £70m bid for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata this week after missing out on Romelu Lukaku

Real Madrid striker had always been Antonio Conte's No.1 forward target, but Blues hierarchy preferred Belgian hitman

Chelsea will make a £70million bid for Alvaro Morata, according to reports in Spain.

As SunSport exclusively revealed in January, the Real Madrid ace is Antonio Conte’s ideal striker.

Chelsea will turn to Alvaro Morata after being snubbed Romelu Lukaku

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Chelsea will turn to Alvaro Morata after being snubbed Romelu Lukaku

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But he looked set to move to Manchester United this summer.

However, the Red Devils were priced out and decided to move for Romelu Lukaku instead — a player Chelsea thought they had in the bag.

AS report the Blues will now turn back to Morata, and will bid around £70m.

The 24-year-old was always Conte’s first-choice, but the Chelsea hierarchy preferred Lukaku.

The offer would be less than the £80m Real Madrid had quoted United for Morata.

But, it would be better structured to suit the needs of Los Blancos.

Chelsea wanted to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea wanted to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge

Romelu Lukaku snubbed Chelsea in favour of Manchester United move

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Romelu Lukaku snubbed Chelsea in favour of Manchester United move

Antonio Conte was mastermind behind Alvaro Morata's move to Juventus

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Antonio Conte was mastermind behind Alvaro Morata’s move to Juventus

The reigning European champions want to free up funds to make a world-record bid for Kylian Mbappe this summer.

For his part, Morata would have no problem agreeing a deal at Chelsea.

Conte was the mastermind behind his move from Real Madrid to Juventus in 2014.

The three-time Serie A-winning manager had been a long-term admirer — but the pair never worked together as Italy came calling for the current Blues boss.

Alvaro Morata would expect a significant wage increase with Chelsea move

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Alvaro Morata would expect a significant wage increase with Chelsea move

Meanwhile, Morata currently earns £100,000-a-week at Real Madrid.

And he would likely see a significant increase at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s current No.1 striker could get his dream return to Atletico Madrid, via a spell at Besiktas until January.