Morata was Barca target - Valverde
Barcelona boss Alvaro Morata has revealed he tried to sign Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata in January.
Eager to bring in some attacking support in the winter window, Valverde has revealed the Catalans did try to acquire the services of Spain international Morata from Premier League outfit Chelsea.
However, Barcelona were beaten to the punch by Atletico Madrid, who managed to land the 26-year-old striker from Chelsea on an 18-month loan deal with the option to make the move permanent for a believed 40million euros.
Valverde instead snapped up the services of Kevin-Prince Boateng, who has only made one La Liga appearance since arriving at the Camp Nou, and the manager is happy with the business done.
"It's true there were conversations with him (Morata) but also with other players," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Star. "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."
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