Mourinho admits Morata deal unlikely to happen

Jose Mourinho has opened up about Manchester United's difficulties in finalising their negotiations with Real Madrid over striker Alvaro Morata, confirming that the deal is dead in the water.

The Red Devils have reportedly given up on their pursuit of the Spain international striker, with Real unwilling to budge on their asking price of £79m and United not willing to spend over £65m.

With the Premier League club's midweek signing of Romelu Lukaku, it seemed unlikely that they would be overly willing to continue with negotiations, a notion Mourinho now confirmed in a conversation with the Daily Mirror.

"I don’t like to speak about players who aren’t ours, because Morata is not our player," Mourinho stated. "I am nobody to speak about players from Real Madrid.

"Yes, we have had interest, that's obvious and it’s public," the United manager continued. "We've not come to an economic agreement, that's obvious as well.

"But it’s a Real Madrid’s right to ask for their players the amount of money that they want.

"We do not determine what the price is of a player of Real Madrid, Real Madrid do that. And we didn’t arrive at an agreement with Real Madrid.

"I don't criticise Madrid and I am not going to criticise my board because my board has made the offer, and they have tried to reach an agreement during a time, and they didn’t come to an agreement. It’s simple," Mourinho continued.