Manchester United’s search for a new striker could be about to come to a successful conclusion, with reports suggesting that they have agreed a deal with Alvaro Morata.
The Telegraph are alleging that the Spanish international has agreed terms on a move to Old Trafford, with only the fee with Real Madrid to be determined between the two clubs.
However, that will be easier said than done. Man United have had one bid of around £52m for the former Juventus striker rejected by Real, and while Morata would be for sale at the right price, whether that price turns out to be the £60m Man United are reportedly preparing to go back in with remains to be seen.
Morata himself has always been very receptive to a move to England, and was apparently keen on a move to Chelsea to link up with Antonio Conte once again last summer, a move that never materialised when Zinedine Zidane decided to keep him at the Bernabeu.
However, having started just 14 La Liga matches last season (scoring 15 goals in 29 appearances in total), the 24-year-old is eager to secure more first-team football to boost his chances of starting more for Spain, particularly with the World Cup occurring at the end of next season.
AC Milan have also been credited with an interest in bringing Morata back to Italy, but they have since seemingly turned their attention to compatriot Diego Costa.
This latest break comes less than 24 hours after it was heavily reported that Man United would not be renewing the contract of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede had a stellar first season at Old Trafford, but a serious knee injury sustained towards the end of the campaign has led to the club deciding against offering him an extension.
A deal is still by no means certain, but Man United are surely growing in confidence that a deal can be agreed with Real.
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