Since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have been linked with a host of high-profile stars.
Reports claim the Red Devils are closing in on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Paul Pogba’s name has been mentioned as a potential statement signing.
Now reports in Spain claim Mourinho’s interest reaches La Liga, and Real Madrid in particular.
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United’s apparent interest in signing Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale has never had much substance. They’ve also been linked with James Rodriguez and Raphael Varane, and came close to signing Keylor Navas in a swap deal with David de Gea last season.
The presence of Jorge Mendes, who represents Ronaldo, Rodriguez and Mourinho, has been the catalyst for many of those rumours. When the Portuguese agent is snapped with any of his clients, it seems that transfer rumours are never too far away.
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But it’s not any of the aforementioned players that El Confidencial have linked with United. Instead, it’s Alvaro Morata.
The Spanish outlet claim that the Red Devils are one of the major clubs who have Morata on their transfer board.
Madrid recently exercised their buy-back clause option to sign Morata from Juventus for €30 million. Los Blancos are now eager to sell the striker for at least €60m as they look to fund a mega move for Pogba.
Morata - Mourinho relationship
It remains to be seen whether there is genuine interest from United, but Morata would almost certainly be interested in moving to Manchester.
That’s because Mourinho handed the Spaniard his Madrid debut six years ago.
“Mourinho could have chosen some other player but he chose me and I’ll be grateful to him for the rest of my life,” Morata reflected, per The Guardian.
The opportunity to be a part of Mourinho’s revolution must be appealing. The Portuguese endured a difficult final season at Chelsea but that hasn’t damaged his reputation and certainly hasn’t taken away from all of the trophies he has won.
United could announce Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic’s arrival next week. In the Swede and Marcus Rashford, Morata would face competition to start, sure, but Old Trafford presents the perfect opportunity to develop into a world-class striker.
For one, Ibrahimovic, 34, is only set to sign a one-year deal. Even if he is Mourinho’s first-choice option, Morata won’t sit on the bench for too long.
Secondly, the Portuguese manager’s track record when it comes to nurturing young players doesn’t bode well for Rashford, 18.
And if Morata ends up costing €60m, fans will expect him to start - and shine - immediately.
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