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Danny Woods
June 8, 2017

Meanwhile, it has been suggested that Madrid are ready to flog him to fund bids for some of their own top targets.

The latest reports on Thursday are that Manchester United will increase their offer for Alvaro Morata to £60m after their initial offer of around £52m was rejected by the European champions.

The Real Madrid striker is Jose Mourinho's first-choice attacker this summer and United have already seen a £52 million offer turned down.

With a World Cup coming up next year, Morata is going to need regular first team football to cement his position in the Spain squad and the Mirror say he's keen on a move to Old Trafford. He wants to play more.

"Alvaro is a player who wants to play a more important role".

United are yet to lodge a bid but want Morata to fill the void left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Morata scored 20 goals in all competitions for Real last season, as the club clinched La Liga and the Champions League.

But speaking to Foot Mercato, Morata's agent insists that above all else, his client's priority is to play - be it at Real or elsewhere, with a decision expected in coming days.

Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Morata while the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal have all reportedly held an interest. Real Madrid exercised their buy-back clause and re-signed Morata for 26.2m in 2016. "I have not yet met with representatives from Real Madrid".

Evra added that Morata is a confidence player: "Sometimes before the game he said to me: 'Patrice, tell me something". He does not want to do a season like this again.

Morata was an 89th-minute substitute in last weekend's Champions League final vs. Juventus, having played just two minutes of 180 in the semifinal against Atletico, the club where he started out as a youngster.

The striker himself discussed his future earlier this week, and seemed to intimate that he was willing to stay at Real Madrid and fight for his place in Spain.

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