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Jose Mourinho explains why Manchester United failed to sign Alvaro Morata

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The summer transfer window has only officially been open for just over two weeks but most teams were reaching deals before July 1.    

With no European club football being played, rumours dominated the back pages from mid-May onwards and there were plenty of surprise headlines.    

One of which was about Cristiano Ronaldo. The world's best player was linked with a sensational move away from Real Madrid after allegations of tax fraud were made against him.    

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The 32-year-old was apparently so upset that he was ready to leave Spain altogether. However, he remained very quiet about the situation and it now appears there was little truth in the reports.

One of his teammates, Alvaro Morata, has similarly dominated the transfer window rumour mill.

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The Spaniard has been subject to intense interest from the Premier League. Two clubs, Chelsea and Manchester United, had been said to be fighting over him earlier this year. 

However, in a move that shocked most football fans, United reached an agreement with Everton to sign Romelu Lukaku. 

He moved to Old Trafford for £75 million last week, joining Jose Mourinho's squad. The former Chelsea boss blindsided his old club, who had been tracking the Belgian for months. 

Manchester United v Los Angeles Galaxy

Once Lukaku moved to United, their interest in Morata instantly cooled. The Manchester club now has the man they want to lead the line next season and it's not Madrid's 24-year-old.

They opted instead to go for a proven Premier League goalscorer. Lukaku netted 25 goals in 37 league games last term and only Harry Kane scored more. 

Despite getting his hands on Everton's star man, Mourinho believes that it's a 'shame' United couldn't sign Morata and he revealed the reason why.

Granada CF v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

"It is a question for Florentino [Perez, Madrid president]," he said after his sides 5-2 victory against LA Galaxy, as per Goal

"He belongs to Madrid. Madrid has decided and we have not come to an agreement. It is simple. It's a shame."

Deportivo de La Coruna v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

It seems then, that it was the Spanish club who were holding up negotiations. And maybe, had Mourinho got his way, it may have been Morata, not Lukaku in red next season.

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