Sunday 21 January 2018

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata agrees deal to join Manchester United

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

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has agreed on personal terms to join Manchester United with the Spanish international now waiting for both clubs to negotiate a fee for his transfer to Old Trafford, according to the Telegraph.

Jose Mourinho's side moved quickly for Morata after Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann ruled out a move to United last week, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had rejected Atletico's appeal of a transfer ban imposed by FIFA.

With last season's top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic sidelined for the majority of next season with an ACL tear, United are desperate to recruit a marquee forward with Morata their top target to replace the injured Swede.

United have already seen a bid of £52.3 million rejected by Real but are now reportedly preparing to launch a new £60 million bid for the player which they hope will be enough to secure his services for next season and beyond.

Morata has told sources close to him that he expects to be playing in Manchester next season as he looks to link up with Mourinho again after the two worked together during their time at Madrid, where the Portuguese manager handed Morata his club debut in 2010 in a 3–1 La Liga win at Real Zaragoza.

The 24-year-old is understood to want a move to United with a view of playing more regular first-team football after starting just 14 games last season for Real.

With Diego Costa likely to spearhead Spain's attack at next year's World Cup in Russia, Morata has a strong desire to play more regular first-team football to boost his chances of playing a more prominent role at next year's tournament.

The player's agent Juanma Lopez confirmed that his client needs to find a club where he will play more regularly and that a player of his caliber deserves more of an opportunity to start.

“He doesn't want to go through another season like that. It was a great season, but he wants to play more,” said Lopez.

“Alvaro is a player who wants to play a more important role. He wants to play more. That's normal for a striker who's scored 19 goals. It's not enough.”

Morata had been a target of AC Milan, but the 24-year-old said: “It's hard to imagine going back to Italy, despite my experience in Serie A being extraordinary. The only club for me in Italy are Juventus.”

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