Real Madrid & Manchester United to complete £60m Transfer Within the Next 24 Hours
Manchester United’s pursuit of Alvaro Morata has been well documented this summer, and it appears that the deal is approaching a conclusion; with reports suggesting a £60million transfer could be completed by Thursday.
According to the Metro, the two clubs have come to an agreement after Los Blancos agreed to significantly reduce their asking price for the 24-year-old striker.
Morata only returned to the Santiago Bernabeu last year, having seen the £32million buy-back clause in his contract at Juventus activated. But having left to find first team opportunities originally in 2013, he is set to do so again after being frustrated by the lack of playing time under Zinedine Zidane, who preferred to play Karim Benzema more often than not.
It was Jose Mourinho who actually brought Morata through at the Santiago Bernabeu, and the Portuguese will be relieved at the news of their impending reunion. The working relationship between the pair could be vital if they are to challenge the likes of Chelsea for the Premier League title next season.
A new main striker is seemingly high on Mourinho’s priority list at Old Trafford this summer, after last season’s top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, was released, once his contract had expired. There was the option for a second term, but despite scoring 28 goals in all competitions, he was let go because of doubts over his ability to recover from a serious knee injury.
Club captain Wayne Rooney, 31, has also been the subject of intense speculation for quite some time. After a visible decline and fewer first team appearances, Rooney could be on the verge of a return to his boyhood club Everton, while a move to China has also been mooted.
But Mourinho will be glad to see Morata join because he is said to be getting increasingly agitated by the lack of transfer activity at boardroom level. Ed Woodward has been criticised for slow reactions before, and the United boss is said to be unhappy with the club having only completed one deal, for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.
Some say they are waiting for the right value, while others believe they should force the issue more. Their Champions League return is looming, and the imminent arrival of Morata will only appease the doubters if he is followed by a number of other players, with the likes of Ivan Perisic and Marc Bartra linked with the club in the last few days.