Morata re-signed for Real earlier this summer.

Alvaro Morata emerges as £45m target for Manchester United

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If for one second you thought Manchester United's summer of spending would stop at Paul Pogba, think again.

Should the Frenchman's rumoured £112 million move go through as expected, Jose Mourinho's outgoings will reach an approximate - and eye-watering - total of £170 million.

But that's not enough.


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Having secured the high-profile signatures of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and, you would assume, Pogba, Mourinho is weighing up other moves to further bolster his talented squad at Old Trafford.

This is according to reputable Spanish outlet El Confidencial, who claim another striker is on the Portuguese's summer radar.

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The report states that Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata is a £45 million target for the Red Devils despite having re-signed for Los Blancos recently.

Mourinho yearns for greater attacking options at the Theatre of Dreams - doesn't he have enough? - and believes the Spain international would be the ideal signing to provide competition for Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford.

It's worth taking such speculation with a pinch of salt but, considering Mourinho's ruthless track record in the transfer market, you wouldn't put it past him to surpass the £200 million mark for spending.

Morata was said to be available earlier this summer after Real activated his lowly buy-back clause with the intention of selling him on for a profit, but that might not be the case.

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After his side's 3-2 win over Chelsea in the International Champions Cup on Saturday, Zinedine Zidane said he was happy to have Morata at his disposal.

He said, per Sky Sports: "He's a Madrid player, we're delighted with him.

"We are delighted to have him back, back to his original home. He will remain a Madrid player."

Mourinho will care little about Zidane's words, of course; if the Portuguese wants a player, he'll try to sign him.

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Following Wayne Rooney's testimonial on Wednesday night, United's maverick manager insisted he will sign one more player but refused to reveal if it will be Pogba.

"We are going to sign one more player, that's for sure," he said.

"I don't want to speak about Paul Pogba because he is a Juventus player and I don't like other managers speaking about my players. I don't speak about their players.

"But the reality is we are going to sign one more player. The market closes on August 31, so we have plenty of time to do that, but obviously I would like to do it before the Premier League season starts."

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