Manchester United are considering a move for Alvaro Morata, according to Laurie Whitwell of The Athletic.
United are seemingly on the hunt for a striker amid a scarcity of options at Old Trafford following Edinson Cavani’s departure.
Cristiano Ronaldo is available for selection but he reportedly wants to leave the club.
There’s also Anthony Martial, but he spent the second half of last season on loan at Sevilla, suggesting there are doubts about his ability.
And Marcus Rashford may not be suitably prolific, based on his tally of just five goals in 31 appearances last season.
Morata, formerly of Chelsea, is back at Atletico Madrid after spending two seasons on loan at Juventus.
Whitwell writes that there is ‘unedifying scramble‘ going on behind the scenes as United look to plug the gaps in their squad.
There have been ‘recruitment meetings at Carrington this week‘ to ‘sift through various proposals’.
One of the players under discussion is Morata, with a swoop regarded as a ‘genuine possibility’.
United have ‘held talks’ over a potential move, and it’s believed that Atletico will demand around £29.6million for a permanent deal.
They could be open to a loan, but that would still involve paying the Spaniard’s ‘significant wages’.
Is Morata the answer to United’s prayers?
Well, his career goals record is reasonably strong – 180 in 494 appearances – and he’s contributed 73 assists too.
United actually saw first-hand how dangerous he could be during his spell at Chelsea. It was his header that won the Blues the game when they met at Stamford Bridge, inflicting defeat upon Jose Mourinho’s side.
Indeed, Morata can be a real menace from balls into the box, with 37 headed goals to his name over the course of his career.
And he’s also won praise for his work ethic too, with national team boss Luis Enrique calling his defensive contribution ‘unbeatable‘.
Indeed, he ranks in the top 31 percentiles (when compared to positional peers in the big five leagues) for pressures, tackles, interceptions and blocks per 90 minutes.
Perhaps these are the attributes that have caught United’s eye.
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