Kenya: Mourinho opens up on failed Morata pursuit | The Standard - Kenya

Vincent De Villiers
Julho 17, 2017

Everyone thought Alvaro Morata to Man United was a done deal - even Alvaro Morata it seems, so when Jose Mourinho's side opted for Romelu Lukaku, people were pretty shocked.

United pulled out of talks with Real over Morata, after the Spanish giants refused to budge from their £79million valuation of the player.

Mourinho confirmed United's interest in the striker, but Real's reluctance to come to an "economic agreement" resulted in the deal not going through.

"It is a player who made it to the first team with me".

The 24-year-old striker is now with Real Madrid in the United States for their pre-season preparations and there are suggestions that Zinedine Zidane would not mind having him in his squad next term.

"But it's Real Madrid's right to ask for their players the amount of money that they want".

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"We have players that belong to the squad but can not play for the next few months; Marcus Rojo, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Zlatan if he stays so we still need two more players I would say, at least one. I don't think he can end with us".

While De Gea is undoubtedly coveted in Madrid, Manchester United are unlikely to allow de Gea leave this summer, after fending off advances from Los Blancos in previous years - most notably in 2015.

While United missed out on Morata, the club snapped up Lukaku and made the striker the second most expensive transfer in British football history, behind only Paul Pogba.

"He's the kind of player that everybody knows". However, the Old Trafford club were successful in beating the Blues in signing the Premier League striker.

"It's quite a great experience the fact we worked together already for a few months and during the time when I was at Chelsea and when he was at Everton our relationship was always very close, despite it not working well for us together".

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