Manchester United have suffered a blow in their pursuit of a striker as Goal claim that Real Madrid have rejected all approaches for their forward Alvaro Morata, including a latest bid worth €80 million (£70 million). It is believed that they are holding out for a price worth €90 million (£79 million) for the Spanish international and will not part ways with their man for any less.
The 24-year-old is desperate to secure a move to Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho wants the centre forward in his squad before they jet off to the United States as part of their pre-season tour, but talks show no sign of reaching a conclusion soon with only a fee left to agree between the two clubs and the player.
Another player who was strongly linked with a move to Manchester was Morata’s city neighbour Antoine Griezmann, who has hinted that he could still one day leave Atletico Madrid in the near future. He explained his decision to stay in the Spanish capital to FourFourTwo, saying:
“I have stayed mainly because of the transfer ban. Atletico needed me now more than ever and I felt I had to stay. It would be dirty to leave. I wouldn’t have been myself, or the person that I feel I am today, if I had left this club in that way… [On the future?] To be honest, I don’t know. I’m going to be playing for Atletico next season and after that we’ll see. All I am thinking about now is Atletico Madrid. I think it’s absurd to talk about something that is more than a year away.”
The French international has signed a new deal until 2022 at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, but it is clear that a big bid from a club of Manchester United’s stature could prove tempting in the future. If Mourinho cannot resolve the club’s attacking woes this season, he could be one to keep an eye on next summer.
An alternative may be Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, particularly as BBC Sport journalist Richard Askam tweeted to claim that the Belgian would prefer a move to Manchester United over a potential return to Chelsea. The Toffees’ star man has been strongly linked with both clubs, though Chelsea were thought to be leading the race.
With negotiations with the London club yet to prove fruitful it may be little more than a negotiation tactic to try to force Chelsea’s hand, but it could also be an interesting option for the Red Devils.