Manchester United ‘were interested’ in Real Madrid’s Morata before completing Lukaku deal

While United believe that De Gea is now much more settled in Manchester than two years ago, when his relationship with former manager Louis van Gaal had become strained, there is an acceptance within the club that a move to Real will always be a temptation for the 26-year-old, whose pop star girlfriend Edurne Almagro Garcia continues to live in Madrid. However, the 20-time English champions’ offer fell short of the Spanish capital club’s valuation of €80m (£70.2m, $90.7m).He said: “I can’t say any word about a player who is a Chelsea player, I can’t, it’s hard, it was a little bit of the same with Morata, we have to respect the player, the club, the owner, the manager, I don’t want to be disrespectful, and be speaking about the player”.”It’s not my position to talk about a player who isn’t in my team – and nor about a Real Madrid player”.”But it’s a Real Madrid’s right to ask for their players the amount of money that they want”. We were interested. That’s obvious, it was public knowledge but we didn’t reach an economic agreement.Don Balon, as quoted by the Daily Express, is reporting that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is unwilling to match Real Madrid’s asking price.Leicester City could find it hard to stand in the way of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel moving to Manchester United this summer, if David de Gea – still a target for Real Madrid – does finally move away from Old Trafford.While De Gea is undoubtedly coveted in Madrid, Manchester United are unlikely to allow de Gea leave this summer, after fending off advances from Los Blancos in previous years – most notably in 2015. However, the Old Trafford club were successful in beating the Blues in signing the Premier League striker.Premier League champions Chelsea are reportedly holding on to Serbia global Matic until they complete the signing of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, which is believed to be close.Reports had suggested Real would use Chelsea’s interest in Morata as a way of convincing the Belgian to make a move to the Bernabeu.