Real Madrid have reportedly told Manchester United they can go ahead and sign Alvaro Morata – but gave them three reasons why they must match their £70million asking price.
The Red devils have made the former Juventus striker their main target after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was allowed to leave – but it looks like any deal for Morata will come at quite a price.
They were reports earlier this month which claimed that Jose Mourinho’s side had provided an opening offer of £52.4million, which was warded off and submitted the second bid of around £60million.
It was later claimed earlier this week that both president Florentino Perez and coach Zinedine Zidane want Morata to stay – and a sale would only be considered if the club meet their €80million (£70million) asking price.
Now following a new negotiations between the two clubs, AS claim Real have given United three reasons why Morata is worth their asking price.
Firstly, Madrid have underlined the fact the striker has established himself as a regular in Spain’s national side in recent years.
Real president Florentino Perez, who is reluctant to sell the 24-year-old striker, has also emphasised how much Morata has already achieved at just 24 years of age – and has told United they would be making a good investment for the future.
And lastly, Los Blancos have highlighted the lack of top-class centre-forwards on the market at present, with Romelu Lukaku more expensive in comparison at £100million and now looking certain to choose Chelsea over United.
The only thing in United’s favour is that Morata wants to make the move to Old Trafford.
Morata made only 14 starts last season and wants more regular first-team football – something he would be sure to get at United. The striker managed to contribute 15 goals and four assists, showing his potentials as a good striker, and underlining why Real boss Zidane wanted him at the European Champions.