Real Madrid are determined not to sell Álvaro Morata on the cheap. The Spanish team hold all of the cards in negotiations over the player, for one simple reason: they don’t need to sell.
Madrid want €90m for Morata
Madrid are happy with the player’s performances (he scored a goal every 93 minutes during the 2016/17 season), and they will not sell Morata for less than €90m (including add-ons).
Initially, Real Madrid quoted a price of €100m, which United were unwilling to meet. Several conversations later, Los Blancos are now willing to accept a deal worth an initial €80m, plus a further €10m of add-ons.
Manchester United, meanwhile, have in mind a figure of €75m, which could increase to €80m with add-ons. One would expect the logical meeting point between the two clubs to be about €85m. Yet time is on Madrid’s side. With Madrid facing United in the European Super Cup on August 8, they are in no rush to sell.
United's Lukaku interest could be a ploy
It is the 24-year-old himself who wants to accelerate the deal, in order to join Jose Mourinho’s squad for pre-season. Morata’s best chance of success on that front will be to encourage United to increase their offer. It is possible that Manchester United’s ‘interest’ in Romelu Lukaku is a ploy to force Madrid to lower their asking price for Morata.
At the moment, Madrid find themselves in the ideal position of having both Chelsea and Manchester United fighting for Morata. That competition increases his value. Yet if United turn their attention to other targets, leaving Chelsea as the only interested party, Morata’s value could plummet below the €75m that United are currently willing to part with.
Morata’s representatives were yesterday trying to fix a situation that had not gone as they planned.