Real Madrid Reject Man Utd’s £52.4m Bid for Morata
Manchester United have seen their £52.4 million offer for Real Madrid striker Álvaro Morata, according to Sky Sports News.
The Spanish striker has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium ever since he re-signed from Juventus last summer.
United, along with fellow Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea were strongly linked with a move for Morata 12 months ago but a deal never materialised.
The 24-year-old managed to score 15 goals in 26 La Liga appearances (14 starts) this past season, playing the backup striker role to Karim Benzema. The French striker also got the nod over Morata to start last Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final.
With reports that Morata wants a move away from the Spanish capital, Manchester United perhaps felt confident in landing the hitman. However, Sky Sports are today reporting that the Red Devils’ offer of £52.4 million for the Real Madrid substitute has been rejected.
The report goes on to say that the Champions League holders are looking for an offer in the region of £78 million.
With United previously refusing to sell David de Gea to Real Madrid it’s certainly possible that this has scuppered any changes of landing Álvaro Morata. There is no shortage of interest in the striker either so expect the Spanish giants to get an offer somewhere in the region of what they are asking for.
Álvaro Morata came through the youth ranks at Real Madrid, making his first team debut in December 2010. He was then sold to Juventus for £17.5 million in 2014 before his original club exercised their buy-back clause for £26.2 million last summer.
Manager Zinedine Zidane now has a big decision to make – can he promise Morata regular first team football next season? And if so, what happens to Karim Benzema? If the French striker remains Zidane’s preference, will Real Madrid accept a bid for Morata from Manchester United or any other club this summer?
It will be interesting to see how this story develops over the summer.