Manchester United hopeful of signing Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United are hopeful of securing both Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and Torino’s Andrea Belotti after agreeing terms with the Spanish striker and submitting a bid of around £70m for the latter, according to reports.

Several reports have now claimed that a £60m deal for Morata – whose agent recently stated he is seeking starting XI opportunities elsewhere – has been agreed, with personal details the only barrier left before the deal is completed.

Meanwhile, talks have been ongoing with Torino over bringing Belotti, who claimed 28 goals last season, with Jose Mourinho set to table the £70m offer demanded by the Serie A side for the 23-year-old’s signature.

And according to the Independent, Man United will complete a deal for the pair before pre-season starts in early July.

Mourinho has shirked the more diminutive, skilful Antoine Griezmann in favour of lumping for the more physical and direct pair of Morata and Belotti, two 23-year-olds – albeit with a price tag that dramatically exceeds their experience – currently in form and, more importantly, built for the Premier League.

This is a turn that many didn’t expect the Portuguese to take, but it makes perfect sense: Mourinho needs goals immediately, and in Morata and Belotti he has two strikers approaching the zenith of their powers and looking to impose themselves on a more regular basis.

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