There is still one fly in the ointment; the two clubs have yet to agree a fee. United are willing to pay £60m but Real Madrid won’t sell for less than £70m; negotiations are said to be ongoing.
It’s a similar impasse which caused potential moves to Arsenal and Chelsea to fall apart last summer. Los Merengues invoked the buy-back clause in Morata’s sale contract to Juventus with a view to turning a quick profit to fund a bid for Paul Pogba.
However the French international opted to return to Old Trafford and Morata remained in the Spanish capital. Despite not nailing down a first team spot, he still scored a decent 15 goals in 26 La Liga appearances.
It was the first time he had reached double figures in goals in a top flight season. This is always the doubt raised about the 24-year-old. It hasn’t put Jose Mourinho off his scent with the United manager the first Bernabeu coach to give Morata first team experience.
The pair are set to be reunited this summer as the Portuguese sets about winning the club’s first Premier League title in five years.