Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has reportedly told his friends that his mind is made up, and that he’ll be joining Man Utd this summer.
The Spaniard has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, particularly in recent weeks, but the transfer has been held up with one of the factors reportedly being his transfer fee.
According to The Express, Morata is believed to have returned from his honeymoon for showdown talks with Madrid president Florentino Perez in order to get an agreement secured, and has informed those close to him that a move to Manchester will happen.
Further, it’s claimed that Madrid are willing to drop their demands for £70m slightly, while United could help make up ground too with a £60m+ bid of their own to try and finally get the deal over the line.
After two impressive seasons with Juventus, the 24-year-old returned to the Spanish capital and his boyhood club last summer hoping to establish himself as a key figure for Zinedine Zidane and to have a prominent role at the Bernabeu.
It didn’t quite go to plan as although he made 43 appearances in all competitions, scoring 20 goals and providing six assists, he was never really able to establish himself as a regular starter given the competition around him, and so a move elsewhere seems to be the most sensible end result.
Morata has shown more than enough to suggest that he can be a prolific scorer in the right environment, and it seems as though this could be the perfect solution for all concerned.
As for Man Utd, they’re desperately looking to bolster their attacking options ahead of next season, as with Zlatan Ibrahimovic being released, they are short of a talismanic striker and will hope that Morata can go some way to filling that void as a more than capable replacement.