Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow in their Alvaro Morata pursuit as Real Madrid have rejected their improved bid of around €80m (£71m) for the Spanish striker, FootTheBall has learned.
According to FootTheBall sources, the Real Madrid hierarchy are now holding out for an offer of €90m (£79m) for the Spanish striker.
Man Utd clinched three trophies in 2016-17, but now they have released their superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after a serious cruciate ligament knee injury in April ended his Red Devils career.
Sources reveal that Wayne Rooney is also on the brink of Man Utd exit and the Red Devils desperately need to add a lot of firepower and creativity in their attack in a bid to bring back their glory old days.
And after losing out on Antoine Griezmann due to Atletico Madrid’s transfer embargo, Mourinho is now keen on roping in Morata but are yet to agree in principle with Real Madrid over a deal for the Spanish striker.
FootTheBall understands that Morata, who is currently enjoying his honeymoon with wife Alice Campello, is not willing to return for Real Madrid’s pre-season campaign as he is keen on making a switch to Man Utd, but both the clubs have now failed to reach an agreement over the transfer fee.
Earlier, last month Real Madrid have turned down United’s initial £52million bid for Alvaro Morata, and it is believed that they are holding out for an offer in the region of £80m for the Spanish striker, who was not a regular figure in the first-team last season.
Man Utd launched an improved offer of around €80m (£71m) for securing the signatures of the Spanish forward but the Los Blancos have now rejected the bid as they want to make a huge profit on Morata.
FootTheBall has now learned that the Real Madrid hierarchy are now holding out for an offer of €90m (£79m) for the Spanish striker.
Morata had a decent last season, having scored 15 league goals for Real, but was hardly a starter for Zinedine Zidane’s side as he was way down the pecking order behind Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
He started just 14 games last season and as his agent confirmed he is not looking for a similar next season.
The striker was the second top scorer for Real Madrid, with only Cristiano Ronaldo finding the back of the net on more occasions that him.