Alvaro Morata Reportedly Agrees Man United Move, Waiting on Club Negotiations

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2017

Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring his goal against Granada during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Granada and Real Madrid in Granada, Spain, Saturday May 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor)
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Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has agreed terms with Manchester United and will move to Old Trafford this summer, subject to the two clubs successfully negotiating a transfer fee. 

The Daily Telegraph's Matt Law reported as much on Friday after the Spaniard "agreed in principle to the terms that will be offered to him."

The Red Devils are set to go back with a £60 million bid for the forward after failing with an offer of £52.3 million.

Morata appears to be confident of the move taking place, with Law adding he "has told friends that he expects" to join the UEFA Europa League holders this summer.

Per Marca's Jose Felix Diaz (adapted by Euan McTear), Morata's agent Juanma Lopez told Real director general Jose Angel Sanchez on Friday his player wants to move on this summer.

The 24-year-old is hoping for first-team football next season with the view of getting in Spain's starting lineup at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Per Diaz, Lopez said: "He doesn't want to experience another season like that. It was a great season, but he wants to play more."

Morata was restricted to appearances from the bench in Madrid last season, with manager Zinedine Zidane often opting for Karim Benzema despite the Frenchman's poor campaign by his standards.

The younger forward made 43 appearances in all competitions but spent just 1,872 minutes on the pitch, an average of 44 minutes per outing.

Despite that, he notched 20 goals and six assists. Per OptaJoe, Morata is a ruthless finisher and showed as much in La Liga:

He compares well with United's attacking talent, per Sky Sports News HQ:

Morata has always looked an impressive player, and he was known for scoring goals in big games at Juventus—striking in the 2015 UEFA Champions League final against Barcelona, for example—but he has put to bed any lingering concerns that he isn't a prolific goalscorer, comfortably surpassing his previous best tally of 15 for a season.

Nevertheless, Real's reported valuation of him is excessive, per Sky Sports News HQ's Kaveh Solhekol:

While £60 million would still fall some way short of that enormous fee, it's a generous offer for a player who isn't a regular starter.

The question now is how hard a bargain Real are prepared to drive.