Morata 'agrees' Man United deal, but Real Madrid want £70m
Spanish club demand huge fee for wantaway striker in order to fund their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe
It's a done deal between Alvaro Morata and Jose Mourinho, claims The Sun, which says the pair have "reached an agreement" over the former's move to Old Trafford.
The Manchester United manager turned his attention to the Spanish striker after failing in his bid to lure Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, and according to Sky Italia Morata has agreed to join United.
Admittedly, that's only half the battle with the Sun saying that United now have to agree a transfer fee with Real Madrid and it's believed they will open negotiations today. Apparently the European champions "are holding out for upwards of £70m", an exorbitant figure for a player who has failed to make the regular starting line-up, but they have set the price high because "the sale would fund the desired purchase of Monaco's Kylian Mbappe".
Meanwhile United have been given a glimmer of hope should they still have an interest in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reports Metro. The paper says that Paris Saint-Germain have pulled out of the running to sign the Borussia Dortmund striker.
Apparently the Gabon goal machine was on "the verge of moving to Paris" but German paper Bild says that PSG have performed a U-turn after coach Unai Emery decided he doesn't need another marksman after all. That's "alerted" United to his availability although they still face competition for his signature from Tianjin Quanjian.
Metro says that the Chinese Super League outfit have offered him an eye-watering annual salary of £34.9m a year, or put another way, £672,000 per week, but Aubameyang is said to be keen to remain in Europe.