Manchester United making progress in deal to sign Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United are edging closer to securing the services of Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and could see the Spaniard arrive in time for the pre-season tour, according to reports.

The 24-year-old, who only made 14 starts in La Liga last season, is keen on working with Jose Mourinho as he seeks to find a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Real Madrid are holding out for a mammoth sum of £79m before parting way with the Spaniard in order to maximise their chances of being able to afford AS Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe.

But according to sources at ESPN, progress is being made over the deal, with personal terms promising to not serve as a stumbling block due to the Spaniard’s willingness to move to Old Trafford.

It was thought last week, and indeed the week before, that Morata’s move to United was imminent. But deals of this magnitude – especially when Florentino Perez is involved – have a nasty tendency to surreptitiously drag on for some time, and the deal for the 24-year-old is no exception.

Holding the disgruntled Spaniard at the Bernabeu for the sheer purpose of trying to squeeze as much as possible out of United is indeed reflective of Madrid’s cold treatment of their players, and points towards why Morata wants to depart and work under a manager who will, no doubt, place him at the epicentre of his plans at Old Trafford.

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