Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirms his club wanted to sign Alvaro Morata but failed to agree a fee for the Real Madrid striker.
Morata appeared to be heading for United, with reports suggesting personal terms had been agreed, but the capital giants were understood to be holding out for as much as €90m as the Red Devils ultimately approached Everton to sign Romelu Lukaku.
“I don’t like to speak about players who aren’t ours, because Morata is not our player. I am nobody to speak about players from Real Madrid,” the former Blancos boss was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
'Yes, we have had interest, that is obvious and it’s public. We have not come to an economic agreement, that is obvious as well.
“But it’s Real Madrid’s right to ask for their players the amount of money that they want.
“We do not determine what the price is of a player of Real Madrid, Real Madrid do that. And we didn’t arrive at an agreement with Real Madrid.
“I do not criticise Madrid and I am not going to criticise my board because my board has made the offer.
“They have tried to reach an agreement during a time, and they didn’t come to an agreement. It’s simple.”