The transfer saga of the summer has taken another twist as Alvaro Morata has reportedly told Real Madrid he will not return to pre-season training with the club, as reported by metro.co.uk.
Jose Mourinho made Morata his number one target in the race to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his failure to lure Antoine Griezmann to Old Trafford but has so far seen any approaches rebuffed by Real Madrid. However, the Spanish international is so intent to switch his native Spain for the English Premier League that he is prepared to try and force his way out of the club.
The 24-year-old has apparently become disillusioned with how long the deal is taking to reach a conclusion and feels he now has no choice but to show his hand. Competing against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, Morata found it increasingly difficult to tie down a regular starting berth at the Bernabeu, making just 14 league starts last season. The striker has also been convinced by Mourinho’s long term plan at Manchester United.
Mourinho is keen to tie up the deal before the pre-season tour of the US begins next week and have reportedly seen a new offer of over £70 million rejected by Madrid, although the revised bid does come closer to the club’s valuation of the player, believed to be around £79 million.