Saturday 17 March 2018

Manchester United still struggling to agree transfer fees for two of Jose Mourinho's top targets

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

Manchester United are reluctant to meet Real Madrid's lavish €90m valuation for striker Alvaro Morata and are reported to have offered just €60m to sign the Spanish striker.

Morata's agent Juanma Lopez staged a fresh round of transfer talks with Real Madrid chiefs on Wednesday as he tried to broker a deal to allow the forward to make the move to Old Trafford, but a breakthrough has yet to be made over the price tag, according to the latest reports in Spain and Italy.

Despite his eagerness to leave Real Madrid in the search of regular first team football under Jose Mourinho at United, the chasm between the two clubs as the look to finalise a fee for the player still appears to be a big issue blocking the deal.

Personal terms are believed to have been agreed with Morata's agent, with Sky Italy reporting the striker will earn €12m-per-year over the course of a four-year contract at United.

There are suggestions that he has been offered the No.9 jersey vacated by Zlatan Ibrahimovic at United, yet Morata headed off for his wedding in Venice this weekend with his future still undecided.

Reports in Spain suggest Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is keen to hang on to Morata, but the eagerness of the player to make the move to Old Trafford would suggest a deal will be agreed.

Meanwhile, there is a similar stagnation in talks between United and Inter Milan over a potential deal for winger Ivan Perisic.

ESPN are reporting that Inter Milan are demanding a £48m fee for their Croatian winger Perisic, with United valuing the player closer to £35m.

However, there is an expectation that a compromise deal can be agreed, with reports in Italy suggesting Perisic is keen to push the deal through and move to Manchester.

The arrival of defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica in a £30.7m deal looks certain to be the first of plenty of big-name signings at Old Trafford this summer, with Morata and Perisic still likely to arrive despite United's eagerness to ensure they don't pay inflated prices for their transfer targets.

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