Manchester United see £70 million bid for Alvaro Morata rejected – reports

Manchester United have bid £70 million (€80 million) for Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata according to Goal. The reports have been carried by The Mirror and The Sun also with the former getting the reports wrong, which suggests Mirror reporter Alex Smith who went with the headline “Manchester United ‘fail’ with £79m bid for Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata”, just did not put the work in when reading the article. More attention to detail Mr. Smith. Website Goal actually reported that the £70.2 million bid for Morata from United was rejected by the Madrid club who are holding out for €90 million, which is around £79 million, not that United had failed with a bid of that amount. Journalism hey, what has it become?

The Sun reported on Monday that Thursday was the day United had planned to announce Morata as a United player, but with that actually being tomorrow, it does not seem all that realistic to me. I don’t like it when people report particular days in a transfer as that day seems to come and go. You may as well state that the player is going to sign for Manchester United on a day containing the word ‘day’ or that he will sign for United when the sun has risen or set. That is how pathetic these things seem to me right now. There is cause for concern though as United will head to Los Angeles on Sunday ahead of their pre-season tour and whilst it is not hard for a player to arrive separately like Sergio Romero did two years ago, it still makes supporters worry the club will miss out, again.

Morata was signed by Real Madrid last summer after the club activated his buyout clause which had been inserted in his contract which cost the La Liga and UEFA Champions League holders €32 million (£26.3 million). A year later the club look set to make a considerable profit on the player, which is what Real Madrid like, money! On Monday it was also reported that Morata’s agent and his father met officials from the club for around about an hour, trying to get something sorted in terms of the player leaving the club with Manchester United his chosen destination. The player does not want to return to pre-season with Real Madrid, ideally wanting a move to be sorted before then.

Jose Mourinho is desperate to have a deal in place before the squad leaves for Los Angeles on Sunday, which may be cutting it fine but in the summer of 2015, United signed both Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin hours before heading to the United States of America on the club’s pre-season tour and their defence of the International Champions Cup which Louis van Gaal had won the previous summer, beating Liverpool in the final in Miami. United’s first match of pre-season will be played on Saturday 15th July 2017, which will actually be the early hours of Sunday 16th July in the United Kingdom, which will be fun.

Morata scored 20 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid last season, coming off the bench for the majority of the season, which suggests why he wants to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer. With United looking for attacking reinforcements after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was released this summer, there is a big hole to fill in the squad with Marcus Rashford being the clubs only recognised striker with Anthony Martial playing in the left-wing position. United have been linked to many names this summer with Ivan Perisic, Nemanja Matic and Morata still credibly linked to the Theatre of Dreams, but I am sure many more names will be added over the coming weeks.

Thursday the day Manchester United expected to announce Alvaro Morata – reports

Manchester United are expected to announce the signing of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata according to reports by The Sun on Monday evening. The report suggests that United, managed by Jose Mourinho, will sign the Spanish striker for £60 million a fee considerably lower than the £70 million asking price of the La Liga and UEFA Champions League holders. United had, according to the report made significant progress in the deal over the weekend with reports that Morata’s agent, Juanma Lopez and the player’s father, Alfonso Morata had met Real Madrid officials for just less than an hour on Monday, which were held to sort out the future of the player who is keen on a switch to United this summer.

Real Madrid wanted €80 million for Morata, which is £70 million, with United offering £60 million, a fee which could well be agreed upon with the player allowed to seal his move to the Theatre of Dreams becoming the second signing of the summer after defender Victor Lindelof sealed his £30.7 million transfer from Benfica last month. Morata intervened in his transfer himself a week ago travelling to Madrid from Ibiza, where he was staying on his honeymoon at the time, seemingly sorting his move away from the Madrid club, a club he arrived back to only a year ago after playing for Juventus, a buyout clause being activated last summer. If these reports are true, United fans can stop moaning and think of Twitter accounts with adjectives to celebrate the arrival of Morata.

Morata is currently enjoying the final days of his honeymoon after getting married in Venice a few weeks ago, spending a period of time in Ibiza before travelling to Sardinia. It is reported that Morata will be ready to travel to Manchester to sort out the formalities of his switch and undergo a medical with the Old Trafford club ahead of the squad flying out to Los Angeles on Sunday where they will have a training program ahead of their pre-season tour which will commence against LA Galaxy on Saturday 15th July 2017, although it will be in the early hours of Sunday 16th July in the United Kingdom. There were reports this weekend that United manager Mourinho was growing frustrated with United’s lack of action in the transfer window so far this summer.

Morata will be expected to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Manchester United squad for the new season, which will be some big boots to fill. The player scored 20 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid last season, despite coming off the bench for the majority of his appearances, which could suggest that if given the time on the pitch, scoring goals could well be simple for the 24-year-old striker. United are said to still retain interest in Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic with moves for the pair held up with no meeting point being met in negotiations for the Croatian winger and Matic’s move being delayed as Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to sign a replacement before he lets the Serbian leave Stamford Bridge.

It could only be a matter of time before United’s major transfer business is concluded for the summer, with some departures expected. Two years ago, on the day United left for their pre-season tour of the United States of America both Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin arrived at the Old Trafford club, securing their transfers from Bayern Munich and Southampton minutes before the players boarded the plane, which would suggest that United could do something like that again, should they need to, of course. When there is an agreement in a transfer, things can progress quickly. I am not a fan of journalists putting a date on a transfer, as that date seemingly comes and goes, but we shall see what Thursday brings.

Alvaro Morata’s representatives meet Real Madrid over summer transfer

Manchester United’s summer transfer window seems to have stalled after the signing of Victor Lindelof for £30.7 million from Benfica around a fortnight ago. There have been rumors of Ivan Perisic, Fabinho, Nemanja Matic and Alvaro Morata all lined up by Jose Mourinho to arrive at the Theatre of Dreams this summer. With Real Madrid striker Morata still on his honeymoon amid reports of him flying from Ibiza to Madrid last week to push his transfer through to United, not his agent, Juanma Lopez and Alfonso Morata, the player’s father both met with representatives of Real Madrid on Monday morning to discuss the striker’s future.

United manager Mourinho is looking to sign Morata this summer as the permanent replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic whose career at United was ended in April after he suffered a serious knee injury. The Swede scored 28 goals in all competitions last season, helping United on their way to winning the FA Community Shield, scoring the winning goal in that match, also helping to lift the EFL Cup back in February, scoring twice in that match. Ibrahimovic was not able to play in the UEFA Europa League on the 21st May 2017, but his goals in the competition went a long way to helping the team lift the trophy, the Swede being present in Stockholm to help the celebrations of Mourinho’s first season continue.

Reports suggest that Morata is keen to link up with Mourinho at United this summer in a bid to prove himself and show that he should be playing for Spain ahead of next summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, which the striker will want to lead the line in. Morata did not play all that regularly for Real Madrid last season, despite scoring 20 goals in all competitions, he came off the bench in more than half of the matches he played for the club who won the La Liga title and retained the UEFA Champions League trophy, the first time that has been done since the rebranding of the European Cup. Sky Sports suggest the meeting in Madrid last 50 minutes with the 24-year-old’s future up for discussion.

Morata is currently on his honeymoon after marrying model Alice Campello in Venice last month, the player has been in Ibiza and is now in Sardinia. United and Real Madrid have reportedly held talks for the Spanish international for at least a month with rumours suggesting the deal is not all that far off with completion days mooted, which had passed with nothing happening. The Madrid club are looking for €80 million (£70 million) for Morata this summer, with United reportedly wanting to pay around £60 million, but had a bid of €60 million (£52.4 million) rejected. £60 million would be a good fee for the player considering he is more of a peripheral figure at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Real Madrid seem to want to fleece as much as they can for the player.

Morata would jump at the chance to play for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho and should a fee be agreed, personal terms would not be an issue for the player, according to reports with many suggesting the transfer is all but done, which in simple terms means it is not done. Three days into July and United have only signed one player, it means supporters start to panic as time is running out. I mean the window closes at the end of August, it is not as if United have a matter of hours to complete deals. Yes, having deals completed early is great, but whilst the player is still on holiday, nothing can surely be done until he returns anyway.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is keen for the player to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer but Morata is desperate for more game time, which the French manager cannot guarantee, with Mourinho able to do just that. United will head to Los Angeles on Sunday for a pre-season training program ahead of their tour of the United States of America in which they will face LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake in friendly matches before facing Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the International Champions Cup. United will then return to Europa where they will face Valerenga in Oslo, Norway, Sampdoria in Dublin, Ireland before heading to Macedonia to take on Real Madrid again for the UEFA Super Cup at the start of August.

Manchester United to concentrate on Alvaro Morata over Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United may have been alerted to the possible availability of Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, which is only the way they would be with the Portuguese forward having the ability to make any team much better. However, United should not sit and wait for something to develop in the Ronaldo saga as they could miss out on other targets. Jose Mourinho has been trying to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata for the past few weeks. Real Madrid are said to want around £65 million price tag according to The Mirror, something which could be closer to the £78 million figure which was reported over the past few weeks. United need to bring in the target they need, rather than wait and be disappointed once again.

The Mirror suggest that Mourinho would rather concentrate on bringing original targets such as Morata to the Old Trafford club, rather than getting involved in the prospect of luring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the Theatre of Dreams. The Mirror suggest it could cost £175 million to sign Ronaldo, which with it being a massive transfer fee, the sponsorship and advertising could soon see the club recoup some of the money paid out and it would set another spell of interest amongst the clubs supporters, which would see tickets even for the less popular matches of the season sell out, which could be the same if Mourinho did conduct some good business anyway – but more people will be blinded by the appeal of Ronaldo once again.

Morata has been keen to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, being somewhat of a peripheral figure at the club during the past season, coming off the bench more times than he actually started, scoring twenty goals for the club in their bid to lift the La Liga title and retain the UEFA Champions League trophy, becoming the first club to do that since the competition was rebranded when the Premier League era in England began. Morata signed for the Madrid club last summer after a clause was met and the club paid Juventus £26 million to re-sign their former player. Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed that no offers have been made for Morata this summer, which suggests that the media have been making things up with bid apparently being submitted.

“We haven’t received offers for anyone this summer. No one has offered us anything – not for Cristiano [Ronaldo], not [Alvaro] Morata – not James [Rodriguez]. We have a great team and, when the time comes, we will improve it.”

United do not need any distractions this summer. What they need to do is sign the players to improve the squad so Mourinho and his team can find the right formation, the strengths, weaknesses and find the best way to put United on the road to recovery in the Premier League where they will be expected to mount a title challenge over the likes of Chelsea this coming season. Mourinho knows what he is doing and I am sure he if wanted Ronaldo and he wanted United, there would be a quick deal going through, but like all the other times the player has been linked to United, it will end up with the player signing a new bumper contract, telling everyone how much he loves Madrid and how he wants to retire there. The boy who cried wolf only wants things that see him at the pinnacle of everyone’s interests and moving back to Manchester will not do that.

Meulensteen on summer targets Lindelof, Perisic, Morata and the effects on Rashford

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has spoken about his former club’s summer transfer targets, amongst other things in a recent interview. The Dutchman who after leaving the Old Trafford club after David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson after he retired, became the assistant manager, then the manager of Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, before managing Championship side Fulham, then Israeli side Maccabi Haifa. Last week United confirmed they had agreed on a fee for Benfica’s Swedish defender Victor Lindelof, a player who arrived at the club’s AON Training Complex in Carrington this morning to undergo his medical ahead of his move. Meulensteen speaking exclusively to 888sport spoke about United’s summer targets, saying:

“They have already signed Lindelof from Benfica and obviously that was an area they needed to address. They’re still looking for a full-back and Fabinho from Monaco has been mentioned. A lot depends on whether they can keep De Gea because he is a very, very good goalkeeper and if they don’t do they sign a back up to Romero or a new number one? Michael Carrick has signed an extension which is important for Mourinho because he can be a great stabiliser in many games still. On top of that he needs more attacking threat and power, players who are clinical because for all their struggles last season the word that springs to my mind is wasteful. They created some really good chances but didn’t take enough of them. That is definitely an area they need to improve.”

Meulensteen also singled out Lindelof suggesting that the Swede will need to achieve success at his new club, which may not be a problem. Meulensteen, fully knowing what he is talking about stated that Jose Mourinho will need to have his central defenders to be solid when the defence is in danger, also needing to be comfortable on the ball and to play out from the back, which is an obsession of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Lindelof will almost certainly partner Eric Bailly, the player who became the best defender at the club last season, only arriving for £30 million last summer. If Lindelof has a similar season as the Ivorian, he will be a great buy with United spending just over £60 million on two central defenders, with some teams willing to spend that on one. Meulensteen said:

“To be one of the two Manchester United centre-backs you need to be solid and deal with any danger when it comes your way but on the other hand, you also have to be comfortable on the ball, to play out from the back. I’m sure that Mourinho has done his homework on Lindelof and those are the qualities that he will need.”

Ivan Perisic is rumoured to be another target for Mourinho this summer with a bid thought to have been placed for the Croatian, which had been rejected with Inter Milan holding out for €55 million for the player. Meulensteen spoke about the winger and stated that the 28-year-old would give United another dimension in terms of goal threat, which is something the club needed to improve on this summer with goals becoming a problem last season, amongst other things. Meulensteen praised Perisic by saying:

“Ivan Perisic is comfortable on the ball and he’s a creator. He can beat a man and has a fantastic pass. It’s important that United have a man who can open up defences with one pass and he has that. He can offer them another level of a goal threat.”

Alvaro Morata is reported to be close to securing a move to United this summer if reports are correct and Meulensteen spoke about the Spanish striker. United were linked to Everton’s Romelu Lukaku ahead of the summer transfer window opening, but the former United coach does not feel the Belgian has the United DNA. Meulensteen feels that Morata is the striker United need the most. The Dutchman said:

“Obviously, Romelu Lukaku knows the Premier League and has played in the Premier League for many years. He has plenty of power but I’m not too sure he has the kind of DNA that we’d like to see at Manchester United. Morata is a good striker but he’s in a situation where he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. I like him though: he is mobile, agile, and creates chances. The same can be said of Belotti but both would be coming from abroad and would have to adapt to the Premier League which we all know is difficult. If Belotti comes in it’s important that he scores early and get the monkey off his back. Then he could be a good fit. For me, though it would be Morata. We haven’t seen enough of him lately but then again it is extremely hard to get into that Real team.”

One concern to Meulensteen is tat he hopes Marcus Rashford does not become a victim after Mourinho’s plans to rebuild his United side this summer. The Dutch coach has worked with the teenager since he was a seven-year-old at the Cliff, United’s former training ground before moving to Carrington. Rashford had a great rise to fame with United, scoring twice in both his UEFA Europa League and Premier League debuts. Over the past season, Rashford has grown even more as a player, predominantly playing out of position, but still entertaining, which would suggest he will be some player when he reaches his peak, providing he is continuously given chances to succeed. Morata will most likely become the first-choice striker, but if Mourinho changes his formation utilising two strikers in some matches, not all, the pairing of the duo could be devastating. Meulensteen said:

“I like Marcus Rashford and I’ve worked with him when he was a little kid coming in to the Cliff at seven years of age. He came in with a smile and left with a smile. He couldn’t wait to start training and training was always short for him. There was only one level of energy that he would bring. I bumped into him recently at Michael Carrick’s testimonial and we had a chat. He’s still got those things and that’s important because as a professional you get exposed to a lot and you need stability in your life.”

“I’m so happy that he has already got so many games and he’s only going to get better the more that he plays and the more things that he gets exposed to. A lot depends on what type of striker Mourinho brings in. If they spend a great deal of money on someone there might be a chance that Marcus is again shifted out to the left or right. He can play there for sure but his best position is up front. I really hope that any new signings don’t sideline Marcus completely because that would be a real shame.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Rene Meulensteen, including his thoughts on how Morata should be Mourinho’s top target this summer.

Manchester United close to completing Alvaro Morata deal – reports

Manchester United are close to completing the transfer of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata according to the Manchester Evening News who suggest sources close to the player have suggested the news. The report stated that United were not the only team in for the striker, as we know AC Milan had an interest in the player and Chelsea were linked with him too. It was the player’s relationship with United manager Jose Mourinho which seems to have swung things into the Old Trafford club’s favour. Mourinho handed Morata his first team debut whilst he was managing the Madrid side who currently hold the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League trophy. Morata was made the number one target this summer after the season-ending injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has now been released by the club.

The Manchester Evening News report that United made their move for Morata in May but it was suggested that was the early days of the deal with nothing coming close to actually happening. The Madrid side then went on to retain the UEFA Champions League, becoming the first team to do so since the competition was rebranded at the start of the 1992/93 season. Morata has won the Champions League trophy twice with the club (one medal from lifting the trophy in 2014), adding a La Liga winner’s medal to his haul after he returned to the club from Juventus last summer. United did not actually make a solid move for the player until last week, after the 4-1 demolition of the player’s former club, Juventus in Cardiff nearly a fortnight ago. Morata will have a clear run to become United first-choice striker next season, improving his chances to be picked for Spain for next summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Morata made just 19 starts last season, after returning from Juventus and signing a five-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, scoring 20 goals, making more substitute appearances throughout the season than he actually started matches. Only Marcus Rashford will stand in Morata’s way at United with Anthony Martial predominantly played on the left-wing, a position which he could rotate with Ivan Perisic if United manage to get a deal across the line for the Croatian. Morata’s transfer which will be upwards of £60 million, the amount United are reportedly wanting to pay with the Madrid club demanding more than £70 million. Morata could become the most expensive Spanish striker since Fernando Torres made his £50 million switch from Liverpool to Chelsea back in January 2011, a move which turned into a massive waste of money for the London club.

Many will be excited to see the arrival of Morata, should these reports be true as he will become a top player given the chance to show what he can do. Whilst Rashford may feel impeded by the Spaniard, it will only help him define his career all the more with the bar being raised and the teenager having to put in more work to achieve what he wants to achieve, which will be a winner for both the player and the club. Rashford, who learned under Zlatan Ibrahimovic last season, will have another mentor, a different kind of striker which could offer him another perspective in his bid to become the English version to Lionel Messi, an all out striker. Playing on the wing may have hampered Rashford last season, but if Mourinho ends up changing his formation, where both Rashford and Morata play together, with the right players creating behind them, the partnership could be devastating for United opposition.

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, 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.

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.

Spanish striker set to be one of Manchester United’s first summer signings?

Manchester United are reportedly close to securing Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid this summer. United placed a bid of £52 million for the Spanish striker earlier this week, which was rejected with the La Liga and UEFA Champions League holders demanding a much larger fee for the player who made more appearances from the bench last season than he actually started. United were also said to be upping their bid to £60 million, which would be the maximum they would offer for the 24-year-old who will be seeking a starting role at a new club next season. Madrid’s pursuance of United goalkeeper David De Gea could have been something the club demanded from any possible deal, but Madrid stopped their pursuance for the Spaniard earlier this week also.

Reports have surfaced this evening suggesting that United were making ground on Morata with a fee of €73 million, just over £64 million with the Spaniard close to securing a five-year contract with the Old Trafford club. These initial reports surfaced from Onda Cero presented Héctor Fernández on Twitter. The Sun have followed with a report suggesting that Morata’s deal would be a four-year contract, which makes me wonder whether it will be four years with an additional year to be added, which has been the case for United over the last few years when signing new players or existing player to new contracts. The Mirror have also reported that talk of this deal being close is premature, which is to be expected. Reports from Spain have not been the most reliable in recent years.

United need to find a decent striker to take the helm after Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered his season-ending injury and was subsequently released by the Old Trafford club, despite the offer of him using the clubs facilities to reach full fitness after his knee operation at the end of the season. The Swedish veteran wants to remain in England and upon reaching full fitness, United could resign him, as he would be a free agent, but there are no plans for that to happen right now. Morata scored 20 goals for Real Madrid last season, helping his side win the La Liga, for the first time in five years and the UEFA Champions League, the third time in four years the club have lifted the Elite European title.

The fee for Morata will no doubt be a big one, with fee reaching high figures over the past few years, Paul Pogba’s £89 million transfer from Juventus last summer still being a world record, which could be broken this summer is speculation becomes true. Morata and Pogba played together for Juventus and their understanding on the pitch would be good for United, who are looking to create and score more goals, which has been a problem over the last few season’s, including the last despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring 28 goals in all competitions for the Old Trafford club. United still have their eye on Andrea Belotti, who is also listed as a target this summer, but his £87 million release clause, which is for foreign clubs, remains a hurdle in any prospective deal being reached.

Manchester United target could leave this summer, says agent

Manchester United target Alvaro Morata could leave Real Madrid this summer, according to his agent. The 24-year-old has already been the subject of a £52 million bid by United this summer, which was rejected by the La Liga and UEFA Champions League holders with a £78 million fee demanded. United have raised their final id to £60 million for the player, which is yet to be accepted or declined and has been described as ‘an ultimatum’ to the Madrid club. It is understood that United are not wanting to spend more than £60 million on the Spanish striker. Morata is reported to not be happy with his predicament at Real Madrid, playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema throughout the season, which is not ideal for the player with him looking to earn a place in Spain’s FIFA World Cup squad next summer and playing football will be what helps him get selected.

Morata’s agent, Juanma Lopez has suggested that the player could leave los blancos this summer, which seems to have been on the cards even before the end of the season, which ended for the club with the 4-1 victory over Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final last Saturday. Lopez, speaking about the player’s possible intentions this summer, spoke to Foot Mercato which was reported by The Mirror, saying:

“Alvaro [Morata] is a player who wants to play a more important role. It is normal for an attacker who has scored 20 goals. I do not know if he will do another season at Madrid. The player will take a clear and definitive decision in the coming days. I have not yet met with the representatives from Real Madrid.”

It would seem that a few more days could have an answer here and it is important that should United be interested in the player, they make their move for him, showing Real Madrid that they will only pay what they have offered, walking away from the club’s demands, which seem to be over the top for a player who is not an important player for them, as has been the case over the past season. Morata made 43 appearances for Real Madrid last season, 24 appearances were from the bench, scoring 20 goals in all competitions, a hat-trick, and three braces included in his goals tally. Morata also assisted on five other goals in La Liga and the Champions League, meaning he played a part in 25 goals for Real Madrid last season. Morata had 76 shots on goal last season, 39 of those being on target.

Morata could thrive in the Premier League with the right players around him next season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a total of 28 goals for United last season, before his knee injury ruled him out for the remainder of the season anyway, which could be something Morata could offer too. United’s formation could change with United playing in a few different formations dependent upon the opposition, which could see the Spaniard as a lone striker or even paired with Marcus Rashford, which would be a good attacking line. Now we wait and see what becomes of the interest United and Jose Mourinho have shown in Alvaro Morata and whether it ends with the player signing for United in the coming days or weeks.

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