Manchester United have made their move to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, according to the agent of the Spain international.
Although the Reds are closing on a £30million deal for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, it is a striker that remains the top priority for Jose Mourinho this summer. Last season’s top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out of contract at the end of this month, and as he continues his recover from a serious knee injury, he will not be offered the chance to build on his fine debut season.
Such is the pressing issue of finding a replacement, United have dropped their interest – at least temporarily – in Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann, who has since signed a new contract with Diego Simeone’s side. So the attention has fully been switched to Morata, who scored 15 La Liga goals for Los Blancos last season despite only starting 14 matches.
The agent of the 24-year-old, Juanma Lopez, has now claimed that the Premier League giants have made their move for the former Juventus ace, telling calciomercato of United’s interest: “It’s a club with a lot charm, a very interesting option. I can say that there’s a very important offer and the decision now rests with Real. I cannot tell (if an agreement is close), we’ll see.”
It is expected that United would need to spend around £60million to land Morata, who has also been heavily linked with a move to Milan. It has been reported that the Italian giants have already failed with one offer for the Spain international, but having since spent over £30million on Portugal international Andre Silva from Porto, they may have now resolved their need for a striker.