Deal Done: Real Madrid and Manchester United agree massive £65m transfer: Medical planned for next week
Manchester United look set to complete a deal for Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata as early as next week, when he will undergo a medical with the Old Trafford club.
According to the Mirror, the deal will cost United £65million, but it looks as though they have beaten off competition from other clubs, notably Chelsea and AC Milan to clinch the 24-year-old’s signature.
Morata only returned to Real last summer, three years after joining Juventus in order to gain more first team football, with Karim Benzema by far and away the first choice striker at the Santiago Bernabeu. Despite a healthy level of performance, it appears Benzema is still the main attacker, meaning Morata is once again looking for pastures new.
Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign at least one striker this summer, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic having been released despite scoring 28 goals in his one and only season in Manchester. His age, 35, and a long-term knee injury, cast doubts over whether he was still a viable player for Mourinho.
Club captain Wayne Rooney, 31, could also leave, with speculation linking him with a return to boyhood club Everton and also to the lucrative Chinese Super League.
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann was believed to be the club’s main target, but with the Spanish club being hit by a transfer ban, Griezmann has decided to stay and sign a new contract. Interestingly, though, his £86million buyout clause has not been increased, meaning he could become available in a year’s time, with Atletico able to buy new players in January.
It seems as though Morata will be the man. Mourinho does have a personal relationship with the player, having worked together at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2013, when they both departed.
The United boss will be hoping the lure of regular football in the Premier League and Champions League will be enough to persuade Morata. Chelsea’s interest in the player has died down in recent weeks, with reports that the Blues are set to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton, whom they sold him to in 2014.
Lindelof will be unveiled tomorrow & Morata will be announced before Thursday night— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) June 13, 2017
If the deal does go through, Morata will be the second summer signing for United, who have already signed Swedish defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica. The centre-back has been a long-term target for Mourinho, who tried to lure him to England in January, but has now finally got his man.