04 July 2017

Manchester United expecting to announce Alvaro Morata signing on Thursday as Spaniard continues to soak up sun on holiday with beautiful new wife

MANCHESTER UNITED aim to announce the £60million signing of Alvaro Morata on Thursday.

There was significant progress made on the deal for the Real Madrid striker over the weekend.

Manchester United are hopeful of announcing the signing of Alvaro Morata on Thursday
Manchester United are hopeful of announcing the signing of Alvaro Morata on Thursday
Alvaro Morata is currently soaking up the sun with his new wife Alice Campello

Yesterday the player’s father and agent met officials at the club to iron out the details of the deal.

It had been held up with Real wanting £80million rather than the £60million United valued him at.

But the player himself intervened last week when he contacted Real officials from his honeymoon to try and get the deal smoothed through.

Yesterday afternoon his father Alfonso and agent Juanma Lopez went to the Bernabeu for a meeting that last nearly an hour.

Real are understood to have relented on their asking price and acceded to United’s valuation of a player who was not first choice at The Bernabeu last season.

Newly married Morata, 24, is currently away with his wife in Sardinia but is ready to fly straight to Manchester for a medical and join up with the rest of the squad on Sunday to fly out to the team’s Los Angeles training base.

Alvaro Morata has been linked with a £60million move to Manchester United

Alvaro Morata helped Real Madrid to the Champions League last season
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Alvaro Morata struggled to get a first-team place under Zinedine Zidane
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It will be good news for Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho who was growing frustrated at United’s lack of activity in the transfer market.

He had handed a list of four players he wanted to Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward at the end of last season.

So far centre-back Victor Lindelof has been the only signing after his £31million switch from Benfica was done quickly.

Jose Mourinho has become frustrated at the lack of transfer activity by Manchester United

But United are still negotiating with Inter Milan for their winger Ivan Perisic and Chelsea to land defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic.

The Matic deal has stalled as manager Antonio Conte wants a replacement in before he allows the player to leave.

Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog

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