By Dave Marshall
Despite claims that Alvaro Morata is close to a deal with Manchester United, it is believed that Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez is holding out for a world record transfer fee for the 24-year-old. Both clubs are reportedly miles apart in their valuation of the player, which could threaten any potential deal.
Personal terms have been agreed between the player and Manchester United according to Daily Express, but it is the manner in which Real and Perez are playing hardball that is likely to affect any deal. Morata is keen to leave the club ahead of next year’s World Cup, and feels United is the best option for him to develop.
Real Madrid paid £26m to re-sign him from Juventus after he plied his trade with the Italian giants for two years between 2014 and 2016. The Sun reports that United have had a bid of £65m rejected, as Real are holding out for closer to £90m.
Perez is reportedly prepared to make United wait longer for the deal as United have refused a transfer offer for keeper, David de Gea. It is believed that Morata has being offered a staggering £350k-a-week deal, which could fetch him close to £90 million on a five year contract, and that has prompted Perez to demand close to that amount on a transfer offer.
Morata scored 20 goals last season, in what was a decent season for the Spanish international. He is a fast attacker famed for his energy, movement and positioning.