Manchester United set to hand Real Madrid an ultimatum

Manchester United are reportedly set to hand Real Madrid an ultimatum over the prospective transfer of Spanish forward Alvaro Morata. United have had a £52 million bid rejected by the La Liga and UEFA Champions League holders, but will offer £60 million as a final bid to broker a deal for the striker. Madrid hit United with a counter offer of £78 million for Morata, which to me seems a lot of money for a player who was surplus to requirements at the club, leaving for Juventus but was the subject of a buy back clause last summer. Morata has played a small part of the season for his club, which is one of the reasons he would like a move to a club who will play him a lot more, enhancing his chances for a place in Spain’s FIFA World Cup squad next summer, should they qualify of course.

It has been reported in the past few hours that Madrid have abandoned their plans to sign United goalkeeper David De Gea this summer, which will be something that could enforce United into paying up to their demands for Morata as president Florentino Perez will not want United or any other club to get one over them, which is what United have done ever since the club tried to tempt De Gea away from Old Trafford, with the help of a fax machine, of course. Morata is reportedly keen on a switch to Old Trafford but De Gea’s refusal to push through a move to Madrid this summer has left Keylor Navas being told that he will be the main goalkeeper at the club next season, which is music to United supporter’s ears.

Morata is a player that manager Jose Mourinho is keen on recruiting, but the fee will be a big deal in whether the move happens or not. £78 million is a lot of money for a player who started on the bench more often than not last season. Romelu Lukaku of Everton is another target for United, but Mourinho in not thought to be all that keen on the former Chelsea player, and it is believed that he will be heading back to Stamford Bridge unless Bayern Munich managed to put in a good bid to lure the player to the Bundesliga. United also seem to have their eye on Torino striker Andrea Belotti, who has an £87 million release clause, which is something is an obstacle in the possible transfer at this moment in time.

One thing is for sure, Mourinho is looking to sign a striker. That is apparent after the club stopped their attempts to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, who has stated he will remain at the La Liga club following the fact the transfer ban handed to the club was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport only last week. Griezmann would have been a great signing for United, but whoever Mourinho decides to bring in will be filling a void that needed to be filled after the over-reliance on Swedish veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic last season, which seemed to be the players first and last season at the Theatre of Dreams.

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