Following Manchester United’s comfortable 5-2 win against LA Galaxy in their pre-season tour of the US, Jose Mourinho had a few words to say regarding the transfer activity between the Red Devils and Real Madrid.
Indeed, in a post-match conference, Mourinho accepted that Manchester United’s chase for Real Madrid Striker Alvaro Morata is over, Goal reports.
The special one had spoken words of appraisal and admiration for his former player and admits that it was a ‘shame’ that the transfer did not go through.
Morata was a target for the Red Devils for a couple of months but following the surprise bid of Romelu Lukaku for a reported £75m having been accepted, Manchester United called off the deal with the Spanish forward.
When asked about Morata, Mourinho said: “He belongs to Madrid. Madrid has decided and we have not come to an agreement. It is simple. It’s a shame.
“It is a player who made it to the first team with me. We have a special liking for [him], he is someone special. I enjoyed watching his evolution in Juventus and Madrid. It is like that. I don’t think he can end with us.”
Despite only playing 26 games with Real Madrid last season, Morata’s statistics were still impressive.
The Spanish striker managed to score 15 goals and create 17 chances.
United ultimately decided that Lukaku was the right man to lead their front line as he has consistently performed well in the Premier League for the last couple of years.
The strong Belgian managed to score 25 goals and created 46 chances in the Premier League last season with Everton.
Alvaro Morata has seemingly dyed his hair red, as seen in his recent Instagram posts – showing just how certain the forward was to join Manchester United before being forgotten about by the Red Devils.
It all seemed set in stone. Morata to United was all but a done deal; only £6m stood between Madrid and Jose Mourinho in their valuation of the player and at one point the transfer was supposed to be done ‘within the week’ – subject to medical and all that malarkey.
A four-year contract was basically waiting on the table for him to sign and the 24-year-old Spaniard would become the replacement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Alas, it wasn’t to be.
Out of absolutely nowhere, United agreed upon a £75m deal with Everton to sign their star man Romelu Lukaku and the transfer was completed within mere days.
Just like that, Morata was a forgotten man, no longer needed at Old Trafford and after reports claimed that he had already told his teammates that he was on his way out of the Bernabeu, the forward was forced to return to pre-season with his tail between his legs, looking rather red-faced – with hair to match.
Indeed, Morata returned to training with the Spanish champions having dyed his hair red. According to Marca, this could well be because of his excitement at joining the Red Devils; the forward desperate to look the part as best he can ahead of his long awaited move to Manchester.
The saddest part of it all may be the fact that it’s simply now a red hue on his head from the striker undergoing a buzz-cut – most likely shaving off his neat trim after hearing the news that Mourinho had signed Lukaku.
Simply imagining what that scene would look like is heartbreaking.
Real Madrid cleverly extended James Rodriguez’s contract at the club before sanctioning a two-year loan spell at German giants Bayern Munich.
The Los Blancos misfit penned a 12-month contract extension, writes Spanish news publication Marca, to his current deal ahead of jetting off to Bavaria to link up with former Real boss Carlo Ancelotti once more at the Bundesliga champions.
Fans may have been wondering why such a ploy was needed, but Real have merely acted to cover their bases ahead of potentially losing James for a smaller fee upon his return to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 26-year-old would have entered the final 12 months of his contract when his loan spell with Bayern ends following the culmination of the 2018/19 season, and Real were at risk of being unable to negotiate a higher fee for his services as a result.
In a pre-emptive strike, the Spanish champions decided to add an additional year to James’ deal – a contract which will now run until the summer of 2020 – and give them the initiative in any potential transfer discussions with other interested parties upon the playmaker heading back to the Spanish capital.
All of this is unlikely to matter, however, if Bayern opt to invoke James’ €60m (£52.8m) purchase clause that is part of the deal to bring him to Germany at any point during his loan, but Real will have wanted to make the most of any situation in the event of Bayern deciding against making his move a permanent one.
Bayern are also set to pay James a reported €10m (£8.8m) a season – the Colombia international’s salary at Real – for the duration of his stay too.
James had been linked with a variety of top European sides including Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain before his shock switch to Germany on Tuesday.
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