Álvaro Morata's agent Juanma López is at the Santiago Bernabéu discussing the Real Madrid striker's future. López arrived at 16:30 for a meeting with club officials and to inform the club of Manchester United's interest in signing the player. Morata wants his future to be decided within the next couple of days - before he ties the knot and weds fiancée Alice Campello in Venice on Friday. United meanwhile are pushing to close the operation asap.
Madrid will ask Morata admirers to pay top dollar for the player
According to reports in England, Morata has already agreed personal terms with United; now all that remains is for both clubs to reach middle ground about the price of the transfer. Real Madrid don't want to let Morata leave on the cheap and will ask for 90 million euros. The club believes that the 24-year-old has enjoyed a great season - ending as the team's second top scorer with 20 goals in just 1,872 minutes' playing time, averaging a goal every 93 minutes; also, other clubs are keen on signing him, including Chelsea and PSG. Madrid would put aside part of the transfer fee for Morata to finance the signing of Kylian Mbappé, who could cost them an astronomical 130 million euros. As it stands, United are not willing to go to 90 million to get their man.
Morata eager for regular playing time with World Cup Russia looming
Madrid already know what Morata wants - regular playing time. But the player is not willing to spend another season warming the bench when he needs continuity to be in the frame for next summer's World Cup finals in Russia. Morata's future will be decided in the next few hours and it is looking increasingly likely that he will be back under José Mourinho's orders, at Old Trafford next term.