Transfer Focus: Man United begin Morata move after Griezmann blow

Manchester United have moved Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata to the top of their list of striking targets and lodged their first offer after Antoine Griezmann signed a new deal at Atletico Madrid, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

What’s the word?

Manager Jose Mourinho will not hold back in terms of transfers this summer as he looks to build a side ready to challenge at the top of the Premier League, something United could not manager in the Portuguese’s first term in charge.

Furthermore, with the Red Devils back in the Champions League, strength in depth is a must this summer.

The red half of Manchester are close to a deal for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and are now focusing up top.

And the Mail claim that, with Griezmann having committed to Atletico, that Morata is now the priority and that an initial bid was sent over to the Champions League winners on Monday.

Worth the money?

The report also claims that Los Blancos will be looking for a fee in the region of £70m, more than four times that they paid Juventus a year ago to bring the Spanish international back to the Bernabeu.

Whilst it may seem outrageous, even in the contemporary market, to quadruple a player’s fee over one year, especially when that player has played second fiddle all season as Morata has to Benzema, it is worth remembering the other offers on the table a year ago.

Whilst Madrid were able to bring the striker back on the cheap from Turin thanks to a buy back clause, then newly appointed Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was reportedly ready to pay £60m for a deal, maybe it’s not too bad after all.