Jose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United’s interest in Alvaro Morata as he admitted his admiration for the Real Madrid striker to sources close to him, according to reports.
He’s emerged as a top target in Man United’s pursuit of a new number nine as the side switched the interest from Antoine Griezmann to a new centre-forward with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s knee-ligament injury which is expected to rule the Swede out until January at the earliest.
Mourinho is convinced he can get Man United back to scoring goals with the addition of Morata and replace Ibrahimovic at the point of his attack.
The Portuguese boss handed Morata his debut at Real in 2010 and believes he has the attributes to perform in the Premier League after failing to pick up game time at Madrid.
United have also been linked with moves for Romelu Lukaku and Torino’s Andrea Belotti, however, a move for Morata seems more likely.
Morata’s main focus is a place in the squad for the World Cup and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has been telling him his ambitions will be improved with a move to Old Trafford.
Real recalled him from Juventus for £26m 12 months ago and it looks like they’re set to cash in for his services and make a tidy profit.