Manchester United target Alvaro Morata’s agent Juanma Lopez has confirmed that a decision over his client’s future will be made over the next few days.
Jose Mourinho, clearly keen on securing an all-out striker, had a £52.4m bid rejected by Real Madrid earlier this week and has now reportedly raised the figure to £60m.
The Spaniard made 43 appearances for Los Blancos on route to both domestic and continental success last season but only completed 90 minutes on five occasions.
And Lopez, when asked about his client’s future, noted that the 23-year-old wanted a “more important role” moving forward.
“Alvaro is a player who wants to play a more important role,” he said. “He wants to play more. It makes sense for an attacker who has scored nineteen goals (all competitions combined). It’s not enough.”
“I do not know. It was a brilliant season for Real Madrid that won so many titles. The player will make a clear and definitive decision in the next few days. I have not yet met the leaders of Real Madrid.”
Morata has only made 44 starts in four seasons and, at the age of 23, simply cannot continue in the same vein any longer. And with Madrid set to pursue another striker over the summer, a move elsewhere is not only advisable but indeed vital in the context of his overall career prospects.
The Spaniard wants more game time and you sense that Old Trafford serves as the perfect place – not just because Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to reports, won’t be offered a new contract, leaving Morata as the clear main option up front, but also for the simple reason that he is built for the Premier League.
He has a notably bullish edge to his game, blessed with an imposing physique and direct attitude on the ball, and with Man United the only club interested in signing him this summer it seems like passing up this opportunity would be nothing short of a nonsensical decision for both parties.