Manchester United’s pursuit to secure the services of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is taking time, but there is a progress in the deal.
According to reports in ESPN FC, although there is progression in the club’s chase for Morata’s signature, a transfer fee is yet to be agreed between United and Real.
United manager Jose Mourinho has identified the former Juventus star as a prime candidate to succeed Zlatan Ibrahimovic upfront for the club, and the Reds are hoping that a deal could be secured early next month, ahead of their pre-season tour of the United States starting on July 9.
Earlier, reports claimed that personal terms had already been agreed between the player and United, but Real’s demand of a staggering fee of an excess of £75m has been the reason for the delay.
Morata’s willingness to move to Old Trafford is justified, as the English giants are hoping to make him the premier striker for the club.
The Spaniard made 43 appearances for Real last term and scored 20 goals, winning the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League in the process. He also won several titles with Juventus during his 2-year spell with the Italian champions.
Mourinho is expecting to extract the winning mentality out of Morata, and help him become a pivotal part of the United frontline, alongside Marcos Rashford.
Despite reports of Chelsea being interested, it is believed that there has been no offer for him from the Premier League champions, as the Blues are likely to sign Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, with Diego Costa set to depart.
Jose Mourinho has already signed defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica, and is hoping to add 3-4 players more to boost his squad at Old Trafford before the start of next season.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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