Real Madrid have not received any bids from Manchester United for Alvaro Morata or for any of their players, claims Florentino Perez.
Jose Mourinho is believed to have made Morata his No.1 strike target this summer after ditching his bid to sign Antoine Griezmann, but Perez has denied United have made a formal offer, despite reports of multiple bids for the Spain forward.
Morata’s agent Juanma Lopez said a bid had been lodged by United for Morata earlier this month.
“They are a club of great charm, a very interesting option,” said Lopez with reports claiming Mourinho’s side had lodged an opening offer of £52.4million.
Real Madrid were believed to have rejected that approach, but United since submitted an increased bid, believed to be £60million, for the former Juventus striker.
Not according to Perez though, who is determined to keep Real’s “core players”.
“We have not received any offers for Cristiano, Morata or James as some media have stated,” Perez told Onda Cero. “Our priority is to keep our current core of players, and that is why we are not going to make any movements.”
The 24-year-old Morata, who was married in Venice over the weekend, is believed to be rated at £79milllion by Real, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation is believed to have complicated matters.
Don Balon yesterday reported that Morata’s move to United was on hold and he must now wait, with Real coach Zinedine Zidane still open to keeping the former Juve man.
Ronaldo is also reportedly considering a return to United after informing the Spanish champions he wants to leave the country after being accused of avoiding tax.
“We have not received any offers and what we think is that Ronaldo is a Real Madrid player and will continue to be just as the rest,” added Perez.
“In recent days, no one has made an offer for any of our players and we haven’t made any offers.”