Sky Sports: Alvaro Morata edging closer to Manchester United move

by Leo Nieboer

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is on the verge of joining Manchester United after his agent Juanma Lopez held talks with the club on Wednesday to finalise the deal, according to Sky Sports.

Jose Mourinho has identified the 24-year-old as his preferred replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and may have to table an offer ranging up to £80m to secure his services.

The BBC reported that progress over the deal would be made this week and a move could be completed in the coming days after Lopez arrived at the Bernabeu on Wednesday to discuss his client’s future.

And according to Sky in Italy, the Spaniard is keen on an Old Trafford move and will become a Man United player once Ed Woodward can negotiate a mutually acceptable fee with Madrid.

This is a move that makes sense for all parties involved: Zinedine Zidane, despite wanting to keep Morata, will be able to find a replacement – perhaps Kylian Mbappe – with the funds received from United.

Jose Mourinho, on the other hand, will welcome a truly tantalising prospect under his wing. The Spaniard, in spite of his appetite for scoring big goals, still hasn’t received a proper run of games – he has made just 44 starts in four years – and the watching world will be keen to see how much damage he can inflict on the Premier League with a central role in the starting XI.

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