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Chelsea pull out of race to sign Atletico’s Samu Omorodion

Chelsea have withdrawn from the race to sign Atletico Madrid centre-forward Samu Omorodion, according to Marca.

The Blues are tired of pursuing the 20-year-old and have decided to pull out of the race for his signature.

Chelsea had lodged an offer of €33 million for Omorodion, with another €7m set to come Atletico’s way in achievable bonuses and add-ons.

However, Los Colchoneros have remained adamant that they are not open to selling except a massive bid comes their way.

Atletico manager Diego Simeone does not want to lose the Spanish youth international, especially with Alvaro Morata expected to join AC Milan.

Omorodion impressed at Alaves last term with his hold-up play, athleticism and high volume of shots taken from excellent positions.

He scored nine goals in 35 La Liga appearances, but his underlying numbers are more promising.

Chelsea have shown a willingness to sign inexperienced players and nurture them. They planned to develop Omorodion alongside Jackson, but the La Liga giants refused to play ball.

The club will target more mature centre-forwards, with Karim Adeyemi and Jonathan David on their shortlist.

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