PAUL MERSON TELLS CONTE MORATA WILL BE A BETTER SIGNING THAN LUKAKU

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Chelsea have made Everton striker Romelu Lukaku their number one striking target this summer and Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, will be a better signing than Lukaku.

The Spain international has now reportedly agreed to join Manchester United, although Jose Mourinho’s side are yet to agree a fee with the Spanish champions who are holding out for £78 million.

Merson believes the Spain international will be a big hit for Chelsea instead of going ahead with his move for the Belgian.

“I would say Morata is a better fit than Lukaku for Chelsea,” the former Arsenal striker told Sky Sports.

“I think he is a better all-round footballer. Lukaku is a goalscorer and if you look at the stats, the running and the sprints are nowhere near in the same league as Costa.

“Morata has played with world-class players at Madrid and Juventus and he’ll be there for the little flick around the corner from Willian or Eden Hazard.

“You have to be bright and lively to play for Chelsea and those teams. My worry would be if Lukaku gets there, would he be on the same wavelength as those players? If he isn’t it will keep on breaking down.

“We saw it with Demba Ba when he went to Chelsea. At Newcastle he was great in lots of space in behind to run onto the ball. As soon as Chelsea kick off at Stamford Bridge, 10 people sit behind the ball. It’s a completely different game.

“I think Morata fits them better and I think Lukaku fits Man Utd better, where he would go and hit the ground running.

“Man Utd don’t mess about. There’s not a lot of pretty football around the box. They try and get it forward and play in the other half.

“The other way around would suit both parties in my opinion.”

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