For weeks now, it’s appeared that Manchester United would fill their Zlatan Ibrahimovic sized hole at striker with Spanish and Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata, thus leaving Chelsea as the lone bidder for Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.
However, Real Madrid head man Florentino Perez recently went on record as to say that Los Merengues have received no such bids from United for their striker, and in fact that no talks have been held at all.
Madrid are in an interesting position given Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent desire to leave the club. While any such transfer would take months to develop, if Ronaldo were to leave, Zinedine Zidane would surely not want to lose Morata, too.
Someone, of course, is not telling the truth, because Morata to United has been in the works for weeks, per the English media.
Either way, Perez’s comments could represent a significant shift in the striker market this summer. If United can’t get Morata, they are likely to offer more than Chelsea are willing to for Lukaku - just earlier it was reported that Roman Abramovich is hesitant to meet Everton’s valuation of the Belgian.
Everton would be happy to see a bidding war ensue for their best player, even if it increased the likelihood of his departure this summer. The Blues are a club on the rise, and that remains true even if Lukaku takes his ball and goes to a different playground.