According to Laurie Whitwell of The Athletic, Manchester United have ended their interest in Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata as they deem the Spaniard too expensive.
Manchester United are desperately scouring the market for a new centre-forward this summer. To that end, they have been linked with a host of names including three forwards from Atletico Madrid.
Following that, Manchester United reportedly lodged a massive €130 million bid for Joao Felix, which was swiftly turned down by the Rojiblancos.
At the same time, the Premier League giants were also exploring the chances of signing Morata, who is back at the Civitas Metropolitano after spending two years on loan at Juventus, after the Bianconeri did not trigger the option to make his transfer permanent.
There were doubts about his future at Atletico and United tried to test the waters with an approach for the striker. However, as per the latest reports, the Premier League club see the former Real Madrid and Chelsea striker as ‘expensive’.
Previous reports from The Athletic claimed that Atletico valued Morata around €35 million, but it seems like Erik ten Hag’s side see that valuation as excessive and have decided to move on to other targets.
Meanwhile, Morata made a positive start to the season at Atletico Madrid, scoring a brace in the season opener against Getafe, although he failed to find the back of the net against Villarreal last time out.
Signed from Chelsea back in January 2019, Morata has made 63 appearances for Atletico Madrid, in which he has a tally of 24 goals and six assists. Both he and manager Diego Simeone will be hoping that the 29-year-old significantly boosts that tally this season.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo