Mourinho accepts Morata unlikely to join United

United offered £60million but Real demanded £80million and a deal fell down despite Morata wanting the move and personally intervening to try and smooth it through.

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. We will not be the ones who put a price on a Real Madrid player.

United have already secured the signatures of Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, with Mourinho said to want either Matic or Eric Dier in addition to Ivan Perisic.

Mourinho has also been chasing Chelsea's Nemanja Matic to fill a defensive midfield role and he was asked about that in his first press conference of their pre-season tour of the United States. "He's a striker, so we're not speaking about a multi-functional player or [one who will] create doubts about positions on the pitch, he's a striker and normally strikers score goals", Mourinho added. We were interested. That's obvious, it was public knowledge but we didn't reach an economic agreement.

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He said: "I can't say any word about a player who is a Chelsea player, it's hard it's the same with Morata, we have to respect the player, the club, the owner, the manager, I don't want to be disrespectful". "I don't think he can end with us".

'(We made) offers we thought were fair and yet no agreement was reached'.

"So maybe we don't get two, maybe we get one, but at least we need one player to give us a little bit more options".

"It's quite a great experience the fact we worked together already for a few months and during the time when I was at Chelsea and when he was at Everton our relationship was always very close, despite it not working well for us together".

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