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Manchester United close in on signing of Álvaro Morata from Real Madrid

• Spain striker has informed European champions he wants to leave
• United negotiating fee with Madrid for Morata

Manchester United are increasingly hopeful of completing the signing of Álvaro Morata after the Real Madrid striker informed the European champions that he would like to leave Santiago Bernabéu this summer.

After confirmation that last season’s top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be offered a new contract at Old Trafford, United have acted quickly to secure his replacement and have offered around £60m for the 24-year-old Spain international. Having refused their opening offer of £52m earlier this week, Madrid are holding out for a fee closer to €90m (£79m) but could now be willing to accept a compromise after holding talks with Morata’s representative, Juanma López on Friday.

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