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Manchester United end interest in Atletico Madrid striker due to €35 million demands

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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.

Indeed, the Red Devils had their on Matheus Cunha, who flat out rejected their approach.

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.

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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer

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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.

But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.

But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.

However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.

Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.

So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.

The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.

But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.

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