This comes after Real Madrid turned down Manchester United’s bid worth £52 million for the Spanish forward. United boss Jose Mourinho now looks to counter-play by putting pressure on the management at the Bernabeu rather than allowing Real Madrid to dictate the terms and conditions on the deal.
It is also understood that Los Blancos wanted a deal close to £78 million, and had also considered a potential move for David De Gea out of this negotiation.
Playing for the Spanish National Team for a friendly game against Colombia, the 24-year-old proved his worth by converting a header to help his team reach a 2-2 result against the South American team.
Morata has been slated as Mourinho’s top transfer target this summer, and features above Romelu Lukaku in the list of players the Portuguese would like to manage at Old Trafford. On the other hand, Lukaku has confirmed that he has chosen his future club, and with Diego Costa recently venting his wish to leave Chelsea, a move for the Belgian striker to Chelsea seems very possible.
Meanwhile, David De Gea has been vexing Real Madrid, as he seemingly has taken a passive role in the entire fiasco. With the 26-year-old not willing to initiate a move from his side, the reigning La Liga Champions have reportedly lost interest, and have therefore proceeded to extend the contract of their present goalkeeper, Keylor Navas.
Ever since the Antoine Griezmann deal fell off, United have been in hot search for a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. A possible contender is seen in Torino’s Andrea Bellotti, but despite United’s interest in the Italian, the club’s high asking price is a major cause of hesitation by the Red Devils.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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