Real Madrid have rejected Manchester United €60million (£52.4m) bid for striker Alvaro Morata - with the Champions League winners now asking for a price within the region of £78million.
United are desperately in need of a striker and have made the Spaniard their number one priority this summer after abandoning all efforts to sign Antoine Griezmann last week due to boss Jose Mourinho’s desire to sign a central striker.
But United opening offer for former Juventus star Morata, has been outrightly reject by Real – with Sky Sports News reporting that their opening gambit did not include their in-demand keeper David de Gea.
The Spanish giants are yet to officially bid for De Gea, and though United are determined to keep the goalkeeper, their hand could be swayed by both the player’s wish to leave and their own desire to grab Morata.
The Spanish man netted 20 goals in all competitions for Real last season, as the club won La Liga and the Champions League.
But reports have claimed that United will not be held to ransom over Morata and that they will instead turn their focus to Torino’s Andrea Belotti, who has a €100m (£87.3m) release clause in his contract.
The Red Devils have also been heavily connected with bids for both Kylian Mbappe and Paulo Dybala, but it appears that Morata still remains their top target, with Belotti as their current Plan B.
Wednesday’s Paper Talk suggested they were also in discussion with Dortmund hot man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and had offered him a five-year deal.