English Premier League (EPL) club Manchester United could favor themselves in acquiring the signature of Juventus and Spain striker Alvaro Morata in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, there is a catch to this. The Old Trafford hierarchy needs to ensure that they make Jose Mourinho their next manager if they want to acquire the services of the 23-year-old.
La Liga giants Real Madrid will activate Morata’s buy-back clause of $33.89 million , but instead of holding on the striker, they will listen to offers and sell him to the highest bidder. The amount which will enable Los Blancos to let go of the man from Madrid, Spain is $57.43 million, as reported by The Guardian.
Alvaro Morata is currently with Juventus for the past two seasons. He has said within his close circles that he would prefer a move to Manchester United over any other teams. However, it all depends on whether Jose Mourinho takes helm at the Theater of Dreams next season.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are the other three clubs having high interest in capturing the Spanish striker. The French Ligue 1 champions are said to be the frontrunner if they outbid all the three EPL clubs involved in the chase.
Previously, Leicester City, Internazionale, AC Milan and Napoli expressed their desire in acquiring the striker. However, Morata’s agent made a clear statement that the former Real Madrid man would not move in to either of these clubs.
Manchester United board is currently waiting to see where Louis Van Gaal’s men finish at the end of the season. With one game left to go, United’s fate of being in the Champions League next season rests on their city-rivals Manchester City’s tie with Swansea City.
If United fail to qualify for the premiere continental cup competition next season, then a FA Cup victory may not be enough for Van Gaal to keep his job at Old Trafford next season. This is where Mourinho’s arrival is likely and could be followed with the Morata transfer.
Alvaro Morata has won two league titles at Juventus and also featured in the Champions League final in 2014-15, where the Old Lady lost out to Barcelona.
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