Manchester United to make improved £66m offer for Real Madrid’s Álvaro Morata

Manchester United are set to make an improved offer of €75m (£65.8m) to Real Madrid for Álvaro Morata as José Mourinho steps up his attempt to replace the departed Zlatan Ibrahimovic for next season.

Negotiations with Real have been in progress for several weeks, with United having seen two offers of €60m (£52.3m) and €70m (£60m) turned down at the start of June as the Champions League winners value him significantly higher at €90m.

Having identified the Spain striker as his transfer priority for this window with Wayne Rooney close to agreeing a move to Everton, Mourinho is understood to have grown frustrated over the lack of new arrivals having so far only completed the £30m signing of Victor Lindelof from Benfica.

United are due to fly out for their pre-season tour of America on Sunday and the Portuguese is hopeful that the deal for Morata, who he coached during his spell at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, could still be completed in time for him to join up with his new team-mates.

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