Manchester United are reportedly facing a new challenge in getting the Alvaro Morata transfer over the line after Real Madrid target Gianluigi Donnarumma signed a new contract with AC Milan.
The Spanish giants have been in the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer, with Donnarumma previously among their top targets as he had looked set to leave the San Siro.
However, they may now look again at signing United shot-stopper David de Gea, who nearly joined them in the summer of 2015 before the deal fell through late on.
With the Red Devils pushing to sign Morata for much of this summer, it has been suggested that the two clubs could discuss a swap deal for the two players.
According to the Independent, United are not keen on such a deal at the moment, which puts Real firmly in charge in negotiations as they refuse to lower their asking price for Morata.
Although the 24-year-old striker was not a regular starter for Zinedine Zidane’s side last season, he has an asking price of £72million, which would make him United’s second most expensive signing ever.
Jose Mourinho is frustrated at Ed Woodward’s failure to bring in the players he’s asked for this summer, with the likes of Nemanja Matic and Ivan Perisic also high on his list that he submitted before the end of the season.
However, the high-profile nature of United and their vast finances means clubs are making it hard to negotiate deals at what they deem to be fair prices, putting Morata out of reach for the moment.
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The Spaniard’s fee could likely be brought down significantly if United included De Gea in the deal, but it seems that Mourinho’s preference is to keep the 26-year-old as his number one, despite recent links with a surprise move for Manchester City outcast Joe Hart.
United will now reportedly try one final push for Morata this week, with previous reports suggesting they were confident of getting the deal done by Friday.