Saturday 21 October 2017

Alvaro Morata 'very close' to Manchester United move...but there is still one big stumbling block - reports

Manchester United want to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid
Manchester United want to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Real Madrid are demanding a fee in excess of €70m from Manchester United for their striker Alvaro Morata, after talks over the protracted transfer re-opened in earnest on Monday according to widespread reports.

The deal to bring Spanish international Morata to Old Trafford has been under discussion for several weeks, but negotiations were put on hold as he married his partner Alice Campello in Italy earlier this month.

Now there is an expectation that talks over the transfer will be concluded in the coming days, yet there are still some vital pieces of this jigsaw that still need to be put into place.

While agreement over Morata's wages at Old Trafford is believed to have been agreed in principle, the less than cordial talks between United and Real Madrid is resulting in somewhat fractious negotiations.

The two clubs have clashed over several transfer stories in recent years, with Real Madrid's enduring pursuit of United keeper David De Gea straining relations between officials at the two clubs.

Real Madrid were bemused by leaked stories suggesting United had turned down a fresh offer for De Gea in the days leading up to their Champions League final against Juventus earlier this month.

Now Real Madrid are determined to drain everything they can from the Morata deal, with Spanish publication AS reporting the reigning European champions will only agree to the transfer if United offer a fee between €80m and €90m.

United are keen to have the deal wrapped up by the end of this week, with manager Jose Mourinho keen to have his new No.9 in place by the time his team fly out to America for their pre-season tour next month.

A deal to bring Morata to Old Trafford seems inevitable, but United may need to pay more than they want to get the deal over the line.

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