Manchester United are expected to make further progress this week in their pursuit of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, reports the BBC.
BBC journalist Simon Stone suggests this will be a very busy week for Man United both in their official announcement regarding Victor Lindelof, which is likely to happen on Wednesday, as well as the continued pursuit of Morata.
Reports last week said Morata had agreed personal terms with United and that it was down to the clubs to find a fee which they agreed on. Those reports have been followed up by others from Italy claiming that deal has been reached.
Morata is widely regarded to be Jose Mourinho‘s preferred choice of a new striker this summer after any move for Antoine Griezmann was scuppered by Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban being upheld and if personal terms are indeed already agreed, then the deal could be pushed through relatively quickly.
The fee is clearly the main sticking point. Real Madrid rejected United’s initial £52m offering to hold out for £70m but we followed that first bid up with a second of £60m – a more than fair price for Morata I’d argue but they need funds to invest in players themselves such as Kylian Mbappe.
An interesting theory raised by Simon Stone is the concept that Real Madrid will drive the price up for Morata because Romelu Lukaku and Griezmann are off the cards, only to then lower it in order to help their pursuit of David de Gea.
Whatever happens, thing are accelerating quite fast with United. It might have been a somewhat slow opening to the window but with Lindelof set to be announced and moves for Ivan Perisic, Fabinho and Morata all underway, Mourinho could well have the majority of his summer business done before the end of June.