Manchester United star reveals how close Mourinho was to signing Real Madrid ace

Jose Mourinho

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has revealed the club were close to landing Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, according to Sunday Express.

Manchester United were widely expected to raid Real Madrid for Morata earlier this summer after failing to lure Antoine Griezmann away from Atletico Madrid.

The Spain international had his heart set on a reunion with Jose Mourinho, who gave him his Real debut back in December 2010.

However, the Red Devils ultimately opted to spend £75million on Everton hitman Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku drew a blank on his debut against LA Galaxy last night, with Twitter trolls quick to label the Belgium international as a ‘waste of money.’

Alvaro MorataBoth United and Real are currently in America on their pre-season tours, and will come up against each other on Santa Clara on July 23.

Morata could then have an early chance to show Mourinho he was wrong to go for Lukaku instead.

And now, Herrera has admitted the Premier League giants were “close” to sealing a deal for his fellow Spain international.

“Of course I wanted to have Morata as a team-mate,” Herrera said after United’s win over LA Galaxy.

“He was very close because the two clubs negotiated.

“Too bad he is not with us, but I wish him well.”

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