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

The Portuguese tactician has admitted he was interested in the Spain global prior to moving for Romelu Lukaku instead, but that a deal couldn't be agreed with his club.

It's no secret that United and Real were negotiating about Morata this summer, but they just couldn't hammer out a deal.

United were only willing to go as high as £60m for the Spaniard but Real Madrid wanted around £75m as they looked to fund a move for Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.

"Yes, we have had interest, that is obvious and it's public".

"At the moment, Morata's mentality is still that he doesn't get the game time at Madrid, and although he'd like to triumph there, Chelsea are real contenders and they can afford him".

"It is a right of Madrid to ask for their players the amount they want".

Don Balon, as quoted by the Daily Express, is reporting that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is unwilling to match Real Madrid's asking price.

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The west London side were thought to be closing in on a deal to sign Romelu Lukaku before the Everton striker completed a surprise £75m switch to Manchester United.

He said: "I can't say any word about a player who is a Chelsea player, it's hard it's the same with Morata, we have to respect the player, the club, the owner, the manager, I don't want to be disrespectful".

'(We made) offers we thought were fair and yet no agreement was reached'.

Premier League champions Chelsea are reportedly holding on to Serbia worldwide Matic until they complete the signing of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, which is believed to be close.

Jose Mourinho wants two more signings as Manchester United prepare for the new Premier League season, but he would not comment on rumours linking the club with a move for Nemanja Matic.

With Chelsea losing out on Lukaku, they have turned their attention in signing Real's Morata.

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