Chelsea’s pursuit of Alvaro Morata as their striker summer signing could be complicated by Real Madrid’s hardline stance on the player, after Jose Mourinho hinted at difficulties in negotiations for the Spaniard.
Manchester United had explored the possibility of signing Morata with Romelu Lukaku appearing destined for a return to Stamford Bridge, but United made their move for the Everton striker to hijack the Blues’ own attempts to sign him.
But having landed Lukaku, Mourinho was asked by reporters during his side’s pre-season tour of the US why a deal for Morata had not come to fruitiion.
“I don’t like to speak about players who aren’t ours, because Morata is not our player,” he said.
“I am nobody to speak about players from Real Madrid.
“Yes, we have had interest, that’s obvious and it’s public. We’ve not come to an economic agreement, that’s obvious as well.
“But it’s a Real Madrid’s right to ask for their players the amount of money that they want.
“We do not determine what the price is of a player of Real Madrid, Real Madrid do that. And we didn’t arrive at an agreement with Real Madrid.
“I don’t criticise Madrid and I am not going to criticise my board because my board has made the offer, and they have tried to reach an agreement during a time, and they didn’t come to an agreement. It’s simple.”