The Spaniard was described as being “hours away” from completing a move to Manchester United, only for the club to announce the arrival of Romelu Lukaku instead, leaving the 24-year-old and Real Madrid in a state of shock.
And Chelsea, not at all vindictively, have gone on to sign Morata in response to seeing their number one target join Mourinho instead.
But the Portuguese, when asked about the move following his side’s pre-season over Madrid, was hardly in a mood to enter much detail.
“That subject is interesting for those of you who are talking and writing about Real Madrid, but not me,” he noted.
“I do not care. Alvaro is at Chelsea, and I wish him luck and to be happy.”
The debate is already fiercely underway: United and Chelsea fans bickering over who has the better striker, whilst simultaneously pointing out the fact that each fanbase slated the striker they ended up signing when it appeared they would be heading to a rival club.
I recently saw a Chelsea fan, for example, put together a compilation of Morata’s worst misses when it looked like he was destined for Old Trafford.
But I’m not exempt from this either: with the Spaniard seemingly Old Trafford bound, I pointed out that Chelsea spending £90m – the expected fee for Lukaku at the time – for a player without even a minute of Champions League experience and only one goal against the top six last season was, well, questionable, let’s say.
But regardless of how next season pans out, the facts lean comfortably in Lukaku’s favour: he has 118 goals in the last seven years, while his opponent has just 40 in comparison; Morata has just 44 starts to his name in four years – Lukaku has managed more than that over the last 12 months. The Premier League has become Lukaku’s plaything, even when playing for a club outside the top six.
This is unchartered territory for Morata, who has never been the main man. Lukaku, however, knows all about being the centre of attention.