Jose Mourinho disappointed to miss out on Alvaro Morata signing

Manchester United were linked with Alvaro Morata for weeks as Jose Mourinho sought a long-term replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

United instead turned their attention to Romelu Lukaku, who joined from Everton last week for an initial sum of £75m - reportedly £5m less than Madrid wanted for Morata.

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".

It seems like negotiations between Real Madrid and Man United dragged on for so long that Morata went slightly mental.

"Yes, we have had interest, that's obvious and it's public".

"The directors made an offer which they felt was fair but even so, we didn't reach an agreement". It's not for us to put a price on a Real Madrid player. Nor one from Real Madrid, ' Mourinho told reporters in LA.

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"I enjoyed watching his evolution in Juventus and Madrid".

Mourinho indicated Morata had been one of United's top targets as the club prepares to return to the Champions League, but no agreement could be reached with Madrid.

Lukaku made his debut for United against Galaxy, playing the second half of the comfortable win. "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. However, the Old Trafford club were successful in beating the Blues in signing the Premier League striker.

"I didn't negotiate, it was Mr [chief executive Ed] Woodward who negotiated with Romelu, his agent [Mino Raiola] and the Everton board, the only thing I did was to call him when the situation was nearly there just to guarantee him that he would be an important player in my team".

"We have three or four players that only by the end of the year they can be back to football, so we need two more players I would say".

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