Manchester United confident of Alvaro Morata medical this week after positive transfer talks with Real Madrid

The Spanish international is weighing up other offers but United believe they're in pole position to sign him

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Manchester United are hoping to have Alvaro Morata in the north-west for a medical this week after productive talks with Real Madrid this weekend. 

Jose Mourinho is determined to make his frontline better and younger, with veteran pair Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney expected to leave the club before next season. 

And Morata has become the Old Trafford club's top target since Antoine Griezmann decided to remain in Madrid with Atletico. 

Real Madrid had been insisting on a fee of £78m but, given that they want to press ahead with upgrading their own forward line with the pursuit of Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, United hope to be able to tie up a deal for the Spain international for under £70m.

Talks between the two clubs progressed enough on Saturday and Sunday to suggest Morata could feasibly arrive in Manchester to tie up the final details before this week is out. 

United will then turn their attention to Andrea Belotti, a player Mourinho has been impressed by and whom he is keen to sign from Torino. 

The Serie A club want 'Gonzalo Higuain money' for the forward and have been holding out for his £84m release clause, but with the player ready to move on there is a hope that the Turin club realise a deal may have to be struck.

If Torino won't budge on the price then expect the Old Trafford club to walk away from a deal.