Sunday 21 January 2018

Manchester United fail in their latest big-money striker bid...and eye up another target - reports

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho trying to spend some of the huge transfer kitty he has at his disposal this summer
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho trying to spend some of the huge transfer kitty he has at his disposal this summer
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Real Madrid will demand a massive €90m from for Alvaro Morata after rejecting an initial offer from Manchester United for the Spain striker, according to a report from Sky Italia.

United are believed to have submitted a €60m bid to sign Morata in recent days, with Real Madrid rejecting the offer amid increasingly acrimonious exchanges between Old Trafford chiefs and the newly re-crowned European champions.

Real Madrid were quick to deny they had made a €60m bid for United keeper David De Gea last week, with the leak of this story and confirmation that the offer for Morata has been turned away unlikely to help relations between the two clubs.

Yet it appears that United Jose Mourinho has turned his attentions to Morata after accepting defeat in his bid to sign Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, who opted to stay with his current employer and turn down a move to Old Trafford last week.

The Sky report claimed Real Madrid want De Gea as part of any deal that would see Morata moving to Manchester, with sources close to United telling last month that the Spain striker was one of Mourinho’s top targets last month.

That now appears to be the case after this apparent bid, with United also perusing interest in Torino striker Andrea Belotti, who has a €100m release clause in his contract.

The inflated transfer figures being offered in the opening few weeks of this summer’s transfer suggest the €89m world record transfer fee United paid to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus could be shattered several times over this summer.

Chelsea are reported to be prepared to pay up to €100m to bring Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge just three years after they sold him to Everton for around €35m.

There have also been reports that several clubs have lodged bids in excess of €100m for Monaco’s teenage forward Kylian Mbappe, with Real Madrid, Arsenal and both Manchester clubs believed to be vying for the signature of the most wanted young player in Europe.

In truth, the transfer fees being proposed this summer are little short of obscene, but plenty of clubs appear to be ready to join in with the madness in what looks certain to be the most lucrative transfer window of all-time.

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