Alvaro Morata’s proposed move to Manchester United is “very close”, but United will have to pay the full asking price for the striker.
Any hopes Jose Murinho had of picking up a bargain from Real Madrid can be forgotten with Real refusing to budge on the €90million (£79million) asking price.
Whether that figure will be enough to put off Mourinho is open to debate, but the Portuguese boss is also pursuing Andrea Belotti, who is likely to cost a similar amount from Torino.
Reports last week claimed Mourinho’s side had lodged an opening offer of £52.4million offer, which was rejected before they submitted a second bid of around £60million.
According to Marca, that bid will not be enough to persuade Real to sell and they are in no rush to sell and will hold out for the full £79million asking price.
Regardless of that other reports in Spain suggest Morata’s move to United could still be completed by the end of the week.
Cadena Ser’s El Larguero show report agreement between both clubs and the player is “very close” although they do suggest an official announcement may be delayed due to Madrid’s upcoming presidential elections.
United are believed to have offered the 24-year-old striker a a four or five-year deal to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was not offered a new deal after injuring his cruciate knee injury.
Asked if personal terms had been agreed, the player’s agent Juanma Lopez, said: “I can say there’s a very important proposal and the decision rests with Real. I cannot tell [if it will be done quickly], we’ll see.”
Ove rthe weekend Lopez did admit that United “are a club of great charm” and” a very interesting option”.