The Telegraph are reporting that Manchester United have agreed terms with Alvaro Morata ahead of a potential summer move to Old Trafford. They have yet to agree a fee with Real Madrid, but it is clear that the Spaniard is the club’s priority target to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been released in recent days. The striker wants to leave the Bernabeu this summer after a frustrating season that saw him play a supporting role to Karim Benzema and United believe that a bid of around £60 million will be enough to secure his services.
The report goes on to say that Morata has told close friends that he expects to be playing for United next season. The motivations for the move are clear as he will be given a regular place in the first team of a big club, which will be important in a World Cup year. United had been linked with Romelu Lukaku, but the club have accepted that the Belgian is likely to join Chelsea, therefore they switched their focus to Morata. There is still work to do on this deal, but it appears to be progressing well and it could be done before the beginning of pre-season.
What will he bring to Manchester United?
Morata has played for two of the biggest clubs in Europe and will be an exciting signing if United manage to seal a deal over the coming weeks. Although he wasn’t first choice for Real Madrid, he played a significant role in the squad and scored 15 goals in La Liga. These came at a rate of one every 88.9 minutes, which underlines his ability to make an impact even when used in a reduced role. During a run in the starting eleven at the beginning of April, he scored seven goals and contributed two assists in five matches. United will be hoping he can reproduce this form in the Premier League if he is the team’s starting striker.
He is a classic striker for a Jose Mourinho side, as he is strong and capable of dealing with the physical side of the game. It may take him a few weeks to get to grips with the English game, but he does possess the physical attributes to thrive. Morata has an eye for a pass and can link up the play well, which he will be required to do at Old Trafford. As well as possessing a good reading of the game, the Spaniard can create a chance by himself as he has the dynamism and acceleration to beat players when running with the ball.
Would he be a good signing?
Manchester United supporters may be disappointed if they signed Alvaro Morata after being linked with Antoine Griezmann and Romelu Lukaku, but it could be a shrewd purchase. He has a lot of experience playing at the top of the game and has already won plenty of trophies in his short career. Mourinho has specific profiles that he likes to target and Morata certainly fits into his style of play, as he is an intelligent physical striker who can lead the line on his own. It will be a big challenge to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but at the age of 24, the Real Madrid man has the potential to develop into a fine centre-forward.