Jose Mourinho scrapped the deal to sign Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata over fears the Spanish champions were leading Manchester United on before handing the 24-year-old an improved contract.
The two clubs, following over a month of speculation, appeared to be nearing an agreed figure for the Spaniard, with Madrid holding out for an €80m fee.
But then Man United, somewhat out of nowhere, managed to agree a £75m move to Old Trafford for Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, who will have his medical this weekend.
And according to M.E.N‘s Samuel Luckhurst, United switched their interest to the Belgian over growing frustrated – and suspicious – over the lack of progress in negotiations with Madrid.
We’ve been here before, haven’t we? Not like Madrid to arrogantly hold out for an optimal deal at the expense of United and see the whole thing blow up in their face, is it?
Florentino Perez and Co probably believed that Morata was Mourinho’s only target and that, by extension, they could rinse United for as much as possible. They would have probably held out until August if they could.
Little did they know that they, in fact, were the pawns in a wider operation engineered by Ed Woodward, who has subtly brokered a deal for one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League.