Jose Mourinho calls Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata ahead of potential bid – report

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has contacted Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata over a potential move ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports.

The Portuguese has been on the lookout for another addition to his strike force over the summer, with Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane among those reportedly on his radar.

Morata, after impressing at Juventus, was brought back to the Bernabeu by Zinedine Zidane and has claimed 12 goals in 21 La Liga appearances so far this season.

And according to Cadena SER, Mourinho – who initially handed Morata his debut for the Madrid first team back in 2010 – has contacted the Spaniard over a potential move to Old Trafford.

There is a reason why Mourinho, as seen through Zlatan Ibrahimovic, tends to move for personalities he can trust – players he has managed before.

The Portuguese demands a particular level of work rate and commitment to the cause that only certain players can reach, and Morata is certainly one of them: powerful, intelligent, deceptively quick, smart on the ball and, at the age of 24 (the same as Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones), still developing as time goes by.

Morata loves the big occasion: this is a man, after all, who sent Juventus to the Champions League final at Madrid’s expense back in 2015, and supporters will hope to see the Spaniard produce similar defining moments if he does indeed lead the line at Old Trafford next season.

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