Morata's Real Madrid Exit Was Expected
That could still be the case despite interest from one Premier League club ending.
Ander Herrera has revealed he expected international teammate Alvaro Morata to become a Manchester United player.
Morata spent several weeks being linked with a move to Old Trafford before United eventually moved onto an alternative target, Everton's Romelu Lukaku, after a fee couldn't be agreed with Real Madrid.
Interest in Morata was confirmed by Jose Mourinho over the weekend, whilst also conceding it would be a mission impossible to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo at United, with the forwards Spanish international teammate quoted by the Mirror as saying he thought a deal would be done.
Herrera said: 'I even started to think I'd be playing with Morata. He was really close to signing. It's a shame he's not with us but he's a top striker and will do well wherever he plays.'
According to the Mirror United were willing to pay £65m for Morata but Real weren't budging on the £79m asking price.
Morata's a teammate of Herrera's for Spain but goalkeeper David de Gea plays alongside him for club and country.
Amidst fresh speculation of Real interest, I think we can call it fresh, well, it certainly isn't new, Herrera went on to say that he was hopeful his close friend, de Gea, would remain in Manchester and he'll do 'all he can' to make sure the shot-stopper does.
'He's happy and I know this is going to sound repetitive because I always say the same but David is one of the few keepers who wins you points. I'm going to do everything I can to make sure he stays.'