Breaking: Man United’s £52 million Morata bid rejected

Real Madrid have reportedly rejected a £52.4m (€60m) offer for striker Alvaro Morata from Manchester United, according to Sky sources.

By SportBrief Reporter

The Spain international has emerged as a key figure for Real Madrid, scoring 20 goals in all competitions last season, as the club clinched La Liga and the Champions League.

However, the star forward appears to be unsettled at Los Blancos as his game time has been limited at times with Zidane favouring Karim Benzema as his preferred striker with Christiano Ronaldo now operating more or less as a second striker.

The La Liga Champions are ready to cash in on the 24 year old and are said to be holding out for a fee in the region of £78m for the forward.

Manchester United are in the hunt for a forward since losing their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a cruciate knee ligament injury and with reports that the Swede will not be offered a new deal at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho’s side have identified that position as of primal importance.

Should the Red Devils fail to land the striker, they will set their sights on Torino forward Andrea Belotti, who has a €100m (£87.3m) release clause in his contract although at that rate Morata would be a relatively cheaper option.

Alvaro Morata is a product of the Real Madrid academy, having progressed through the ranks to make his first team debut in December 2010, before exiting for Juventus in the summer of 2014 for £17.5m.

In two seasons with Juventus, Morata won two Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia titles and was part of a run to the 2015 Champions League final, scoring as Juve lost 3-1 to Barcelona.

Having been convinced of his worth, Real Madrid were quick to exercise a buy-back clause to bring Morata back to the Santiago Bernabeu for £26.2m.

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