Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has denied the existence of an agreement with Manchester United over the fee of Alvaro Morata.
The 24-year-old, who only managed 14 La Liga starts last season, is keen on linking up with Jose Mourinho in order to receive more game time next year.
He even left his honeymoon in Ibiza and returned to Madrid in an attempt to force through the move before Man United’s pre-season starts on July 19th.
But Perez, speaking to esRadio’s El Primer Palo, denied that the two clubs had agreed on a fee for the Spaniard.
I don’t think we’re in negotiations with Manchester United, which is not to say that there are people around him who are talking, which is normal,” he said.
“I have read that we have reached an agreement, I do not know how many million times, but it is not true.”
The two clubs, according to the Telegraph‘s James Ducker, are still negotiating over a mutually agreeable fee after the La Liga champions rejected an offer of around £65m, holding firm on their £75m valuation of the forward.
This is, I guess, what you would call footballing politics, with one club trying to see their interests triumph over the other. But one thing is abundantly clear and, in my view, ought to be respected: that Morata wants out. And fast.
Perez will relish in squeezing as much profit out of United as possible and would probably happily wait until August 31 before allowing Mourinho to get his man if he could. Zinedine Zidane, however, will not want to embark on pre-season with a player who overtly doesn’t want to be there.
The only thing standing in the way of this transfer – one that is simply imperative for both United and Morata on a personal level – is greed, it seems, as is always the case with Perez and Madrid.