Mourinho looking for cut-rate Morata deal — Transfer Focus

The striker's future has been thrown into question after a lack of game time at Old Trafford last season and he has a year left on his contract with the option of a further 12 months.

If Manchester United want to sign striker Alvaro Morata this summer it will cost them a whopping £78.6m, reports The Sun. Morata has been linked with a host of big clubs with Manchester United, Chelsea and AC Milan leading the chase.

Don't forget the big money players in China (or at POTUS 45 calls it "GHYNNA!")- those clubs have been showing interested too, and possess the ability to match anyone's salary.

Morata scored 20 goals and assisted 6 for Real Madrid this season, with most of his 43 appearances coming from the bench.

The 24-year-old's representative Juanma Lopez said the Spain worldwide is keen to secure regular first-team football after struggling to dislodge Karim Benzema as Zinedine Zidane's first choice striker in Madrid.

He is in his second spell with Real, the club having sold him to Juventus in 2014 after his breakout campaign, which he finished as part of the La Decima Champions League-winning group.

"Alvaro is a player who wants to play a more important role", Lopez told Foot Mercato on Thursday.

"It is very hard to see who is out there United could buy", said Cole, who scored 121 goals in 275 matches for the club.

So when the Spaniard arrives, even though it is clear he is the favorite, he might have to compete for the striker position with Marcus Rashford, or partner with him upfront for Manchester United. He wants to play more.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, young Red Devil Rashford heaped praise on the Spain global and made it very clear that the club would benefit from a player of his caliber.

Given that just last summer Morata moved for £30m, is he actually worth the more than double valuation being placed on his head in Madrid?

  • Julie Sanders