Manchester United 'were interested' in Real Madrid's Morata before completing Lukaku deal

Lynette Rowe
July 15, 2017

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho held his first news conference of the summer yesterday at UCLA, where the team is now training for their summer exhibition tour.

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"The squad needs that balance".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that "no agreement was reached" with Real Madrid for striker Alvaro Morata, who is now Chelsea's main transfer target this summer.

"I am nobody to talk about a player who is not from my team".

"I would not like to be in [chief executive] Ed Woodward's position negotiating because everything is really hard", Mourinho told reporters ahead of United's first pre-season friendly against MLS side LA Galaxy.

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The 24-year-old striker is now with Real Madrid in the United States for their pre-season preparations and there are suggestions that Zinedine Zidane would not mind having him in his squad next term.

"I don't want to be disrespectful and be speaking about the player".

Morata was spotted with his new do while training with his Real Madrid teammates in LA - we can only assume they had a field day with it.

"We need more. We wanted four so I would say 50 per cent of the job done, but I don't want to say that, because everything is so hard that I wouldn't like to be in (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward's position negotiating".

In possibly the most incredible claim possible, the club are seemingly quite confident that Madrid will not pay the money, regardless of their financial state.

"So maybe we don't get two, maybe we get one, but at least we need one player to give us a little bit more options. We have not come to an economic agreement, that is obvious as well".

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