Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has publicly admitted that his side attempted to sign Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata before completing a deal for Everton’s Romelu Lukaku earlier this week.
Speaking on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States for the first time, Mourinho revealed that no agreement was reached with the European champions for the sale of the Spanish forward. With the deal stalling, United then pounced to beat Chelsea to the signing of Lukaku, with the Belgian joining for an initial fee of around £75m.
Mourinho also admitted he would like to sign two more players before the end of the transfer window, but refused to speak on Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic – who has been tipped by many as his next primary target.
On Morata, via the Metro, Mourinho said: “We have had interest (in Morata). It is obvious, it is public and we have not reached an economic agreement.
Jose also confirmed Utd were seriously in for Morata, which poses an interesting question about who of him and Lukaku was 1st choice…
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“It is a right of Madrid to ask for their players the amount they want. We will not be the ones who put a price on a Real Madrid player. I cannot criticise Real Madrid and I can not criticise my club. (We made) offers we thought were fair and yet no agreement was reached.”
When asked about a potential deal for Matic – who has not been included in Chelsea’s pre-season touring squad because of the uncertainty over his future – he added: “I can’t say any word about a player who is a Chelsea player, I can’t, it’s difficult.
“It was a little bit of the same with Morata, we have to respect the player, the club, the owner, the manager, I don’t want to be disrespectful, and be speaking about the player.
“We don’t have our door closed, we are not happy with just Lukaku and Lindelof, we need more. We wanted four, so I would say 50% of the job done, but I don’t want to say that because everything it’s so difficult, I would not like to be in Ed Woodward’s position negotiating because everything is really difficult.
“So maybe we don’t get two, we get one, but we need one player to give us more options, the squad needs that balance, we have players that belong to the squad but cannot play for next three or four months, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, if Zlatan stays we have three or four players that only by the end of the year can be back to football.
“So we need two more players I would say, at least one, but I don’t want to say Matic or any other name because I don’t think it’s correct.”