Mourinho Convinces Morata to Join Manchester United

Manchester United have lodged a bid for Alvaro Morata as their aggressive transfer strategy begins to take hold.

Chelsea and Manchester United are both battling for his services but it seems the Red Devils are keen to get a deal pushed over the line ahead of their rivals.

The Daily Mail report that United have made an official bid for Morata on Monday.

Morata progressed through the Real Madrid academy to make his first team debut in December 2010, before going to Serie A champions Juventus in the summer of 2014 for £17.5m.

The pair are said to be good friends, and the former wants the 27-year-old to return to England and be part of the exciting revolution taking place under Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Morata has only started 14 games for Madrid this season and is said to have found his lack of playing time extremely frustrating.

Contributing to the recent La Liga and Champions League success, scoring 20 goals in 43 appearances, Morata was mostly relegated to a supersub role behind Karim Benzema.

United also need somebody to replace the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic after it was reported that he would be leaving Old Trafford. Despite starting less, Morata was Real Madrid's second-highest goal scorer only behind Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real are looking to recoup more than four times the £15.8m they paid Juventus previous year but Morata's pedigree in front of goal makes him an ideal potential signing.

Morata has been a part of the Real Madrid senior team since 2010 but he has not been able to break into the first team and even spent two seasons on loan at Juventus before returning to the club past year.

However, the paper claims that the United manager will not spend the summer involved in transfer negotiations.

  • Julie Sanders