Diego Simeone has asked Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata to join him at Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain.
Cadena COPE claim that during the warm-up for Atletico’s Champions League clash with Madrid on Tuesday evening, Simeone approached Morata as he walked past and said: ‘Come with me to Atletico’.
Morata has been on Simeone’s radar for well over a year as the Spain international was on Atletico’s shortlist of candidates to replace Jackson Martinez.
But AS report that Morata now has proposals which interest him more than a move to Atletico.
The 24-year-old is understood to be intent on leaving Madrid at the end of the season having failed to secure a regular role under Zinedine Zidane since his return from Juventus.
Chelsea are claimed to be in the driving seat for Morata’s signature and are understood to be willing to pay £70m this summer.
But last week, reports in Spain claimed that Jose Mourinho has spoken to Morata on the phone about a potential move to Manchester United.
Morata, however, appears intent on linking up with Antonio Conte after publicly praising the Chelsea manager in an interview last month.
‘Conte is the manager who most ‘bet’ on me, without even ever having had me in his team,’ Morata said in an interview with The Guardian.
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‘I’m very conscious of that: he bet on me for Juventus but left before I arrived; then he wanted me at Chelsea come what may. He knows me better than I could imagine, I’m sure, and that’s important: it motivates you to work hard, train well.
‘I feel indebted to him because he’s the coach that most trusted in me, most wanted me, who made me feel I could perform at the highest level.
‘And yet I’ve never had the fortune to actually work with him. I’m sure sooner or later I will.’