Kenya: Mourinho opens up on failed Morata pursuit | The Standard - Kenya

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

United ended up with Lukaku instead, with the Belgian joining from Everton in a £75m deal, and Mourinho insists he's very happy with the player he's got.

"It's not my position to talk about a player who isn't in my team - and nor about a Real Madrid player".

The Real Madrid star has been tipped to leave the Bernabeu all summer. It is obvious, it is public and we have not reached an economic agreement.

'(We made) offers we thought were fair and yet no agreement was reached'. "It's understandable", Mourinho said from United's training camp at UCLA in Los Angeles ahead of the pre-season firiendly with LA Galaxy on Sunday.

'It is a right of Madrid to ask for their players the amount they want. I cannot criticise Real Madrid and I can not criticise my club.

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While United missed out on Morata, the club snapped up Lukaku and made the striker the second most expensive transfer in British football history, behind only Paul Pogba.

United insisted Lukaku was their "principle target" this summer despite having been locked in negotiations with Madrid since it became apparent that Antoine Griezmann would not join at the start of June.

"He's the kind of player that everybody knows".

"The reason why he was so important and hard to get is what he did in the Premier League". However, the Old Trafford club were successful in beating the Blues in signing the Premier League striker.

"He's intelligent, he's polite, we kept the contact, the feeling and now we are back together in different moments and I have no doubts it is going to work".

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