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Manchester United are closing in on striker Alvaro Morata, according to fresh reports. Diario Gol claims that the striker could be signed by Manchester United within the next 48 hours. Morata has cut short his honeymoon in order to begin transfer discussions.

The 24-year-old has been subjected to transfer rumours linking him with a move to Old Trafford. Even though Chelsea were seen as the club are generally interested in the forward, United’s perseverance seems to have convinced Morata that a move to Old Trafford is the best for him at this stage in his career.

Real Madrid have been reluctant to let Morata leave, and the Spanish outfit were demanding around £70 million for the signature for of the player. Madrid signed the striker back from Juventus only a year ago for around €30 million. He came through the ranks at the Santiago Bernabeu but joined the Italian outfit due to lack of first-team opportunities.

The latter has once again emerged as a problem even in his second spell at the club, as manager Zinedine Zidane has continued to prefer Karim Benzema as the first choice striker – despite Morata scoring more goals and getting more positive reviews from critics.

Alvaro Morata

Just as Madrid looked close to a deal with United, the sudden transfer request from Cristiano Ronaldo broke off negotiations and Morata flew off for his holidays. He has now returned back to the Madrid capital in order to complete the deal. Morata is aware that his first-team opportunities will not improve even after a brilliant campaign. As a result, he wants to make a move to a club that he will get regular first-team football and United will offer him the best possible solution at this moment.

We are suffering from the departure of key players in the forward positions over the last couple of years – none more so than the exit of Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer. The giant Swede was the only player who scored more than 20 goals last season, and following his release earlier this month, there is a huge void to fill in the United first team. Strikers under Jose Mourinho have always excelled and Morata will see this as an ideal opportunity to make a claim for the Spain starting position.