Mata believes Morata could still join Manchester United

"It looks hard to see Alvaro Morata in a Red Devils shirt with the arrival of Romelu".

Chelsea and Manchester United, who had both been strongly linked with a move for the 24-year-old earlier this summer, had been told they would have to pay closer to £80m for the Spanish global.

While United missed out on Morata, the club snapped up Lukaku and made the striker the second most expensive transfer in British football history, behind only Paul Pogba.

Manchester United seem relaxed about the speculation linking their supreme goalkeeper David De Gea with a move to Real Madrid, with reports claiming the Spanish Champions could be back with a bid. "He's a striker, so we're not speaking about a multi-functional player or [one who will] create doubts about positions on the pitch, he's a striker and normally strikers score goals", Mourinho added.

"Morata? Of course, I began to see Morata as a teammate, it was very close because the two clubs were in talks.

Nor one from Real Madrid", Mourinho told reporters in LA. "Things can happen in the last days of the market, but I wish Alvaro the best".

Milan are also interested in signing Bayern Munich star Renato Sanches on loan, so Morata could become the spearhead in an entirely new first team next season should Milan pull off the deal. "I think he's going to stay", Mata insisted.

Morata is clear in his understanding that he is not first choice under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.

"Yes, we have had interest, that is obvious and it's public".

"But it's Real Madrid's right to ask for their players the amount of money that they want".



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