Alvaro Morata has reportedly informed Real Madrid of his decision to leave the club, with Manchester United his likeliest destination.
The story has been circulated by several reports in the Spanish Press and the Telegraph, with Marca claiming Morata’s agent Juanma Lopez made the announcement to Madrid general manager Jose Angel Sanchez on Friday morning.
This comes despite “the affection he has received in the last few days and Zinedine Zidane’s attempts” to convince him otherwise.
The striker scored 20 goals for Los Blancos last season, his first since returning from Juventus, but started just 19 of his 43 appearances.
Consequently, the newspaper notes United boss Jose Mourinho – who gave Morata his first-team debut at Madrid – has tried to persuade the 24-year-old into joining the Red Devils.
United have released Zlatan Ibrahimovic and could lose Wayne Rooney this summer, making the signing of centre forward a priority for the English giants.
But while they have leapfrogged Milan and already agreed terms with Morata, United’s offer of €70m may not satisfy Madrid, who are demanding €90m, reports Marca.