Guillem Balague: Manchester United have contacted Real Madrid over Alvaro Morata

by Tanveer Arayan

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has confirmed that Manchester United have contacted Real Madrid over a potential deal for striker Alvaro Morata.

Jose Mourinho has placed emphasis on securing an all-out striker this summer amid uncertainty surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s future, abandoning his pursuit of Antoine Griezmann – who primarily figured as a No.10 last season – as a result.

Reports have claimed that a swap deal between Madrid and Man United involving David de Gea and Morata, who claimed 20 goals during the 2016/17 campaign, could materialise over the summer.

And according to Balague, Man United have already mace contact with the Spanish side with regard to the 24-year-old.

It is indeed worth interrogating why Zidane, with his side moments away from another Champions League win, chose to give Morata a chance to absorb, perhaps for the last time, a rapturous acclaim from the Madrid faithful.

The Spaniard may be aware of his manager’s plans to instil another striker over the window – or perhaps simply a vision for next season that leaves him on the periphery – that makes departure from the Bernabeu a logical necessity.

Questions can be raised over splashing out on somebody with just 44 starts in four seasons, but Morata, even at a relatively young age, has shown an appetite for big games that Mourinho clearly admires.

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