Manchester United are hopeful of securing the services of Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata before they fly off to the United States for their pre-season tour, according to reports.
Formal negotiations over the Spaniard begun earlier this month, with the La Liga champions reportedly holding out for a €75m bid.
And according to M.E.N‘s Samuel Luckhurst, Man United will see the 24-year-old arrive at Old Trafford before Jose Mourinho‘s men fly to Los Angeles on Sunday.
There are, without doubt, a number of hidden factors lying behind why this transfer – despite being in the pipeline for over a month – hasn’t gone through just yet. Plenty happens behind closed doors that writers like myself can’t meaningfully discuss.
On the face of it, however, getting this transfer done quickly is beneficial for all parties involved: Mourinho needs a new striker to build his starting XI around; Zinedine Zidane, just as importantly, needs somebody keen on being at Madrid to replace Morata – who, crucially, doesn’t want to be a Madrid player any longer.