Alvaro Morata closing in on Manchester United

Marca, the Madrid-based newspaper, claims Morata, 24, has made up his mind on a transfer that will cost United somewhere between £62 million and £79 million.

Morata has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, as United have shifted their attention to him following the end to the pursuit of Antoine Griezmann, and Romelu Lukaku being keen on a return to Chelsea.

Asked if he Morata had already agreed a deal, he continued: "I can say there's a very important proposal and the decision rests with Real".

His agent, Juanma Lopez, informed Madrid that his client wanted to leave last week due to his limited playing time.

Chelsea are proposing a €155m double deal for the duo that blows United's offer out of the water, though they may not move for James if they can not sign Morata too. "It makes sense for an attacker who has scored 19 goals".

"I want to leave, I have learned very little English; it's really hard, all I learned was "tomorrow, good morning, good afternoon".

Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli previously denied the Serie A club would move for Morata, who is reportedly a target for Jose Mourinho as he seeks a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. English fans struggle to put that label on their own, but 29 league goals from 30 appearances suggests it is accurate, with only four other players across Europe's top five divisions scoring more.

After confirmation that last season's top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be offered a new contract at Old Trafford, United have acted quickly to secure his replacement and have offered around €70 million for the 24-year-old Spain worldwide.

According to reports across the British press, Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, too, is set to be announced as a Manchester United player, on Wednesday.

  • Zachary Reyes