A new obstacle has been induced in Manchester United’s road to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, as the European Champions dismiss United’s bid of €60 million during a recent meeting with the striker’s agent, Juanma Lopez.
The Red Devils have been reportedly told to increase their current offer for Morata, after the Spanish giants declined to settle for an amount that they believe to be very modest for their star striker.
COPE reports that Morata’s agent, Juanma Lopez, had a meeting with club officials at the Bernabeu on behalf of United to discuss the deal, and mainly inform them of Morata’s decision to leave the La Liga side.
But the meeting did not go as the Premier League side would have hoped, as Real ridiculed the £52.4 million proposal, demanding far in excess of the €70m they were originally believed to be willing to accept for the 24-year-old striker.
The agent was said to be at the Bernabeu to mainly discuss about the transfer of another client, Diego Llorente, who spent last season on loan at Malaga. However, he also used the visit to talk about Morata’s potential transfer.
Real, who are reportedly looking for a bid closer to the €90 million – the figure which Juventus paid to acquire Gonzalo Higuain. This seems to have made their intentions clear to both United and Lopez about how they wish to move forward with Morata’s transfer situation.
It was claimed that Los Blancos are looking to invest the funds they get from Morata deal into one of their top targets for the summer, 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who is likely to leave Monaco for around €130 million.
Both United and Morata had hoped to conclude a deal before the weekend, when he will wed his fiancee Alice Campello, but Real’s tough stance is likely to delay the switch. A deal that was thought to be concluded before the weekend now appears to drag, as a common ground seems to be a farfetched sight.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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