Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has completely denied suggestions that the club have received offers for the likes of Alvaro Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester United have been linked with both players, as Jose Mourinho targets a substantial improvement to our offensive strength. Alvaro Morata became our primary target a few weeks ago, and it has been reported that United had made a first bid of £52 million for the 24-year-old striker.
Madrid are thought to be demanding around £78 million, but that scenario has completely changed with Cristiano Ronaldo’s wish to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo’s availability has also increased the likelihood of United trying to bring him back, and Perez also had to deny those suggestions while taking over for a new term as the Real Madrid president. As uncertainty about Ronaldo continues, we are likely to suffer the most as Madrid will not be ready to sell Alvaro Morata under these circumstances. Only when Ronaldo’s future has been decided – likely to be after the Confederations Cup – will a decision be taken. Perez also refused to be drawn into speculation about Morata’s future.
“He’s just got married. Let him enjoy the honeymoon!” He is quoted on Metro, via Spanish Radio Onda Cero.
There are speculations about Morata’s deal being completed by the end of this week, but it is unlikely to happen after the latest developments. The 24-year-old will be key to United’s plans for the 2017-18 season, as we have allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave the club.
Morata scored 20 goals in all competitions last season, but he was starved of regular gametime by manager Zinedine Zidane, who continued to prefer Karim Benzema in the starting line-up. Zidane’s decisions have not been questioned especially given that he has been so successful since taking over from Rafa Benitez more than a year ago. Morata has been incredibly successful even at such a young age, as he has managed to lift a couple of Champions League and league titles in his time at Madrid and Juventus.
It remains to be seen if United will sign Morata ahead of Ronaldo, whose return to Old Trafford is more likely than ever before.