Manchester United see £61.1m bid for attacker rejected, club holding out for more: report

Manchester United Football Club are clearly keen on making a move for Alvaro Morata this summer, but they have seen their €70m (£61.6m) offer rejected by Real Madrid. That’s according to the usually reliable Italian journalist, Tancredi Palmeri.

In his article, Palmeri writes that Los Blancos are holding out for somewhere closer to €90m (£78.6m), which is a colossal amount of money for a 24-year-old striker who is untested in Premier League football.

Jose Mourinho has identified the player he wants to bring in as a Zlatan Ibrahimovic replacement, and Morata is a footballer that the United manager will know well from their time together at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Last season, he found the back of the net on 20 occasions which is particularly impressive considering the point that he found his minutes on the field limited due to the quality he had in front of him in the pecking order.

With price inflation in football the way it is at the moment, this deal for Morata could make Paul Pogba’s world-record fee from last summer look cheap. When you see footballers like Jordan Pickford costing £30million, you just aren’t getting much for your money anymore, and I’d just pay whatever Madrid want and get the deal done before other clubs start sniffing around…

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