Morata gives Mourinho the green light on a move, according to reports

Manchester United’s transfer business rumbles on into a new week after the club confirmed that they had agreed a £30.7 million fee for Benfica and Sweden central defender Victor Lindelof. One player still in the clubs sights is Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata with United reportedly having a £52 million bid rejected, then asked for in excess of £70 million with United looking to find a sticking point at £60 million or thereabouts. It is now being reported by The Mirror that Morata has given United and Jose Mourinho the green light to a move to the Theatre of Dreams this summer, which may possibly speed up the transfer process with a fee yet to be agreed.

During the past season, United had Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford as the club’s main strikers with the former offering 28 goals in all competitions before suffering a season-ending knee injury before being released at the end of the season. Rashford scored eleven goals in 53 appearances, which means an addition to firepower will be needed, especially with Ibrahimovic not likely to play again in 2017 and with him being released by United which does not mean he will not be offered another deal when fit, although that is not a plan by the club at this moment in time. Mourinho has been looking at Morata and Torino striker Andrea Belotti, but things are not so certain with that deal.

The Mirror have also reported that Morata has been convinced to sign for United by goalkeeper David De Gea and midfielder Ander Herrera, which could suggest the fact that the Spanish goalkeeper will remain at United this summer with Real Madrid seemingly calling off their second approach for the player, which really must now show him the true colours of the club, especially in the fact they had planned to swoop for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma next summer, which would suggest De Gea would not be their main goalkeeper for years to come, which seems a silly reason to spend big for the player this summer anyway.

The report also confirmed that although Morata is now the number one target for Mourinho after plans to sign Antoine Griezmann were scrapped earlier in the summer, a fee for the player has not yet been agreed. However, it does make me wonder is the reports that De Gea and Herrera had been talking to Morata and getting him to leave Madrid for Manchester are actually true as it suggests the pair have spoken to the player whilst on international duty with Spain, of which De Gea is, but Herrera was not called up this time. It makes me wonder who actually writes this stuff and fails to check that what they are saying is actually true.

Morata scored twenty goals for Real Madrid during the last season, despite coming off the bench for more than half of his appearances in all competitions for his club. The former Juventus striker may look forward to linking up with former Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, which could give the United side a midfield/striker understanding, along with the likes of Juan Mata, Herrera and De Gea who could make the three amigos the four amigos. Morata at 24 will be a good option for United, but he won’t solve the problems of United’s lack of ability to score goals. The club does not need to rely on one person to score the goals again which was the case with Ibrahimovic last season. United’s attacking players need to step up their game, which probably will be the case next season.

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