Real Madrid are set to face a tricky transfer market, following Manchester United’s decision to end their interest in long-term target Alvaro Morata.
The Red Devils have been linked with the Spanish forward for many months, but Real’s reluctance to not sell Morata for less than £80m has now backfired on them, as United have reportedly agreed a fee of £75m for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku on Wednesday.
The news dominated the headlines, just a day after Los Blancos rejected a £70.2m bid from the Premier League giants.
Following their historic claiming of the Champions League and La Liga double, there is no denying that the expectations were sky-high of what Real Madrid are going to do in the summer transfer market.
Despite the current squad being considered as one of the best and not in need of any major additions, the general plan in Florentina Perez’s mind was to move players like Morata and James Rodriguez, who were left frustrated with limited playing time last season.
There were continuous speculation in the Spanish media that Real are plotting to use the fee from Manchester United’s scoop of Alvaro Morata for signing Monaco’s teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe.
But now, United have turned their attention towards Lukaku, and unless Chelsea come up with an £80m bid for Morata, it looks likely that he is going to stay in the Spanish capital for one more season.
On the other hand, Spanish publication Marca have reported that PSG have moved ahead of Real Madrid in the pursuit of Mbappe, and to make matters more complicated, no suitors have yet come in for James Rodriguez, mainly because of Real’s desire to recoup the majority of the £80m paid to Monaco in 2014.
Considering the situation, it looks like Real Madrid are trying to squeeze out every penny possible for players that they don’t even consider as first choice. They might get the business done late in the window, but the current scenario clearly means Perez’s hope for placid summer looks dead in the water.
Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam
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