Man Utd boss confirms to friends that Reds are trying to sign £78m starlet

Jose Mourinho has reportedly told close friends of his desire to sign Alvaro Morata for Manchester United this summer.

Manchester Evening News claims that the United manager is convinced that the Real Madrid striker would be a suitable replacement for Zlatan Ibraimovic and feels the 24-year-old possesses the physicality to be a success in the Premier League.

It’s also claimed that Mourinho holds similar views about Torino striker Andrea Belotti, with Tuttosport reporting on Friday that United are ready to submit an €80 million (£70.6m) offer for the Italy international.

But it’s Morata who is Mourinho’s priority signing and United have already had a £52.4m bid rejected by Madrid.

The Spanish champions are reportedly demanding £78m from United, although the striker’s agent has already indicated that the player will not tolerate another season as Zinedine Zidane’s back-up option.

‘The player will take a clear and definitive decision in the coming days. I have not yet met with the representatives from Real Madrid,’ Juanma Lopez told Foot Mercato on Thursday.

He does not want to do a season like this again. It was a great season, but he wants to play more.’

Morata, meanwhile, is keen on getting more playing time to boost his chances of playing for Spain at next year’s World Cup in Russia.

‘I want to be playing and to be important to the squad, particularly next year when there is the World Cup,’ he said.

‘I’d be crazy if I didn’t want to stay.’

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