Chelsea boss Antonio Conte reportedly fears the club overpaid for Alvaro Morata following the striker’s club record £70million move to the club.
The Real Madrid forward had been heavily linked with Manchester United but joined Chelsea in July following the arrivals of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger.
The Blues moved quickly for the Spanish international after Romelu Lukaku chose to join Manchester United instead of rejoining Chelsea.
Lukaku’s decision essentially tied Chelsea’s hands in negotiations and they were forced to pay Madrid’s full £70m valuation of Morata.
Conte is unhappy with his club’s transfer business this summer and wants at least three more arrivals before the window shuts to compensate for his ‘small’ squad.
The 48-year-old wanted as many new arrivals as possible before pre-season started and felt Chelsea wasted on securing Morata’s signature.
Morata scored one and assisted another on his Premier League debut on Saturday but Conte fears Chelsea overpaid for the Spaniard, according to Yahoo.
The Italian certainly rates Morata having signed him for a second time but fears the pressure of the fee could weigh heavy on the striker’s shoulders.
Morata hinted after Chelsea’s defeat in the Community Shield that he was already feeling the pressure of meeting expectations as the club’s record signing.
‘I admit it’s a very important amount (the fee) but I have personality to play quietly and go my way,’ Morata told Marca.
‘I have only two pre-season games, 15 official minutes and a failed penalty [in the Community Shield’s loss to Arsenal] … and they’re already killing me, so I know what’s ahead.
‘It is the price that must be paid for such a large transfer. And it’s something that motivates me and makes me work harder every day, to spend an hour every day in the Sports City training. I know now twice as many people look at me.’