Manchester United 'were interested' in Real Madrid's Morata before completing Lukaku deal

AS says the English champions will submit a €80m (£70.2m) bid for the Champions League and La Liga winning striker as Conte looks to bolster Chelsea's attack for the new season.

Mourinho, who is open to re-signing Ibrahimovic when he returns to full fitness, believes his squad needs more additions to cope with returning to the Champions League, especially as he has a number of long-term absentees.

"Now that the Manchester United thing has died down which was held up because Madrid deliberately left United at arm's length because they did not know if Cristiano Ronaldo was going to carry out his threat and leave".

Chelsea are now being linked with Morata instead, but Mourinho says United did all they could to try to thrash out a deal. We have players that belong to the squad, but they can not play football for the next three, four months: Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, if Zlatan stays.

'I am nobody to talk about a player who is not from my team.

Mourinho said: "Yes, we have had interest, that is obvious and it's public. I am nobody to speak about players from Real Madrid", Mourinho explained, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

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The Red Devils boss admitted for the first time out here in Los Angeles that he did try to buy the Real Madrid striker.

Chelsea will refuse to pay £80m to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, according to reports in the Spanish media.

"I don't want to be disrespectful and be speaking about the player". 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.

"But I don't want to say Matic or any other name because I don't think it's correct".

'(We made) offers we thought were fair and yet no agreement was reached'.

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