Manchester United have reportedly made another bid for Spain striker Alvaro Morata which has been rejected by Real Madrid.
United are believed to have made a series of offers, starting at £52.4million, then £60million and now Goal report United’s latest £70million offer has again been turned down.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is determined to more than double his money on the 24-year-old and is holding out for €90million (£79m) despite the player returning to Madrid from Juve last summer for just €32million.
Perez is well aware that United’s need to buy is greater than Real’s desire to sell and reports of Jose Mourinho being unhappy with United’s transfer progress have only hardened Real’s resolve.
United have made the Spain forward their number one target ever since they decided to end their interest in Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.
United are understood to have held talks with Real over a fee for Morata and the player’s father and agent have been at the Bernabeu to try and push a move through.
The report claims Morata, who is believed to have agreed personal terms at Old Trafford, does not want to return to pre-season training with Real “with his heart set on joining United”.
Mourinho is desperate to get Morata on board before the start of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States next week, but United will have to match Real’s €90million valuation.
Morata, who is on his honeymoon, hit 20 goals last season as Real won La Liga and the Champions League.