Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has concurred terms with Manchester United and will move to Old Trafford this late spring, subject to the two clubs successfully negotiating a transfer fee.
The Daily Telegraph’s Matt Law announced as much on Friday after the Spaniard “agreed in principle to the terms that will be offered to him.”
The Red Devils are set to backpedal with a £60 million offer for the forward after failing with an offer of £52.3 million.
Morata has all the earmarks of being certain of the move occurring, with Law including he “has told friends that he expects” to join the UEFA Europa League holders this mid-year.
Per Marca’s Jose Felix Diaz (adjusted by Euan McTear), Morata’s operator Juanma Lopez disclosed to Real chief general Jose Angel Sanchez on Friday his player wants to move on this summer.
27.3% – Álvaro Morata scored 27.3% of his shots in La Liga last season, the 2nd best % of the 59 players to score more than 5 goals. Devil. pic.twitter.com/w91beNGgb8
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 9, 2017
The 24-year-old is seeking after first-group football next season with the perspective of getting in Spain’s beginning lineup at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Per Diaz, Lopez stated: “He doesn’t want to experience another season like that. It was a great season, but he wants to play more.”
Morata was restricted to appearances from the bench in Madrid last season, with manager Zinedine Zidane often opting for Karim Benzema despite the Frenchman’s poor campaign by his standards.
The younger forward made 43 appearances in all competitions but spent just 1,872 minutes on the pitch, an average of 44 minutes per outing. Regardless of that, he indented 20 objectives and six helps. Per OptaJoe, Morata is a merciless finisher and appeared as much in La Liga:
He contrasts well and United’s assaulting ability, per Sky Sports News HQ:
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) June 7, 2017
Morata has dependably looked a great player, and he was known for scoring objectives in defining moments at Juventus—striking in the 2015 UEFA Champions League last against Barcelona, for instance—yet he has put to bed any waiting worries that he isn’t a prolific goalscorer, comfortably surpassing his previous best tally of 15 for a season.
By the by, Real’s accounted for valuation of him is intemperate, per Sky Sports News HQ’s Kaveh Solhekol:
Real Madrid bought Alvaro Morata back last summer using €30m (£26m) option. Hard to see why they now think he’s worth €90m (£78m)
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) June 8, 2017
While £60 million would at present fall some route shy of that colossal expense, it’s a generous offer for a player who isn’t a regular starter. The question now is how hard a bargain Real are prepared to drive.