BARCELONA BOSS ADMITS HE WANTED TO SIGN MORATA FROM CHELSEA

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata signed for Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window as he left Stamford Bridge to move to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Cesc Fabregas, Michy Batshuayi and Morata all left Chelsea on loan deals this January, with Morata returning to boyhood club Atletico.

At the time, there were rumours that Barcelona were also interested in Morata, and Valverde has revealed that his side were actually interested in the Chelsea striker, but wanted him to be a backup striker at the Nou Camp.

Valverde said: “It’s true there were conversations with him but also with other players. He signed for Atletico Madrid; he is playing in the starting 11. Good.

“Here he was supposed to be the second striker, a different role than he has with Atletico.

“Every player must think about what he wants.

“Sometimes there are just meaningless conversations.

“We finally signed Kevin-Prince. We hope he can help us.”

Chelsea signed Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus as the 31-year-old cut short his loan deal with AC Milan to join Chelsea as Morata’s replacement in January. However, Sarri revealed in January that it was Morata’s decision to leave Chelsea, insisting that the striker had told him he was bent on leaving the club.

“Morata is potentially a very good player,” Sarri said. “He has the characteristics for playing in my team, but one month ago he said he wanted to play for another team.

“It was very difficult for him to give us 100 per cent because of his mental situation. He is very suitable for my football, but the situation has changed in the last month, so we needed to change.

“In the January market it is very difficult to get a very good striker. Gonzalo was in a situation we could try to get him, so we decided to try.”

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