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Manchester United to outbid Arsenal for Alvaro Morata?

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Real Madrid expect Manchester United to table a bigger offer than Arsenal for striker Alvaro Morata this summer - but it will be up to the player to decide whether or not he leaves the Bernabeu.

The Spain Under-21 international may choose to leave the La Liga title contenders this summer if he spends the majority of game time between now and the end of the season on the substitutes’ bench. However, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti would prefer to keep Morata at the club, and may grant him more playing time in order to convince him not to leave for the Premier League.

The opportunity to play regular first-team football with a top English club, however, is tempting Morata. It was recently reported by Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague that the 21-year-old had agreed in principle to join Arsenal this summer, but that a transfer would only happen if the two clubs agree a fee.

With Arsenal attempting to lower the asking price as much as they can, according to Marca, Manchester United may end up jumping ahead of the Gunners to the front of the queue. David Moyes will have well over £100m to spend on transfer this summer, so meeting Real Madrid’s valuation of the player should pose few problems.

Much could depend on whether Manchester United lose one, or both, of Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie during the summer transfer window. Both strikers are unsettled at Old Trafford, and Moyes may opt to sign the talented Morata for his side, allowing the youngster to link up with compatriots Juan Mata and David de Gea.

Manchester United fans: Would Morata be a good signing for the Red Devils? Would you rather keep Van Persie and Hernandez? Have your say in the comments section below.

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