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AC Milan move ruled out for Morata; Manchester United in the driving seat…

Manchester United are now the favourites to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata after the player’s agent  Juanma Lopez ruled out a move to Serie A side AC Milan. Lopez confirmed that Real Madrid turned down the Italian side’s offer for the Spanish striker, which now leave United the only contenders for the player’s signature at this moment in time. United manager Jose Mourinho made Morata his number one signing this summer after previously brokering a deal for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, which should be sorted out after the player leaves international duty with Sweden, who face Norway in a friendly match on Tuesday evening. Lopez has suggested that Manchester United were a ‘very interesting offer’ for his client. The Mirror reported the player’s agent as saying:

“It’s a great club, a very interesting option. I can say that this is a very important proposal and now the decision is real.”

United are said to be offering £60 million for Morata which seems to have priced Milan out of the market. The player is reportedly keen to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in a bid to find more regular football and with United seeking a new striker, that kind of seems to be the right move for the player. Regarding the interest of Milan, Lopez confirmed to calciomercato.com, saying:

“There have been frequent contacts with Milan until a few days ago, I can confirm. But Real Madrid has simply found the Rossoneri club’s offer unsatisfactory.”

It would seem that United lead the race and it will only be a certain amount of time before this transfer actually happens. United were also interested in Torino striker Andrea Belotti, but it would be one or the other for Mourinho, not both players as that would cause problems with the strikers United currently have; Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, the latter playing predominantly on the left-wing, an area which could be reinforced by Mourinho this summer if he manages to sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic this summer, which at this moment in time still seems to be dragging on with the club demanding a much larger fee than the bid United have placed.

United’s summer spending seems likely to increase after a fee of £30.7 million has been agreed for Lindelof and with Morata on the cards and Fabinho seemingly in the manager’s plans, it could be another good summer for United.

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