Sunday 25 February 2018

Manchester United set for fresh Alvaro Morata bid as rivals emerge in the chase for their latest target

Jose Mourinho set for a big summer of spending with Manchester United
Jose Mourinho set for a big summer of spending with Manchester United
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United are believe to be preparing a fresh £60m bid for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, while it has emerged they have rivals for one of their other top transfer targets Andrea Belotti.

United manager Jose Mourinho has placed Morata at the top of his wanted list following the decision of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann to reject the chance to move to Old Trafford last week.

After United's initial offer of around £52m for Morata was rejected by the newly re-crowned European champions earlier this week, there is now an expectation that the Old Trafford giants will return with a final offer of around £60m for the Spain striker.

Morata scored 20 goals in all competitions for Real last season, after returning from a spell at Juventus via Real's buy-back option, but he was not always a first choice starter for coach Zinedine Zidane.

Morata is also believed to be a transfer target for AC Milan, but he seems keen to distance himself from a possible return to Italian football.

"Back in Italy? It's difficult. Certainly not. I want to stay at Real Madrid," said the striker who scored for Spain in their 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday.

"I like Italy, but Madrid is my city and this is my team, and Juve is my second team.

"Staying does not depend on me. Right now I only want to celebrate our Champions League win.

AC Milan also appear to be in competition with United for another striker after they reportedly lodged a £39m bid for Torino forward Andrea Belotti.

Mourinho is believed to be a firm admirer of 23-year-old Belotti, who fired 28 Serie A goals in a mid-table Torino side last season.

Belotti's €100m release clause appears to be a major sticking point in any deal, with Torino publicly stating they have no interest in selling their star striker.

That stance is likely to change if AC Milan and United get embroiled in a bidding war, yet neither club are prepared to pay the extravagant asking price for a relatively unproven striker.

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