Alvaro Morata has told friends his mind is made up to join Manchester United and that a deal “has been done” with Real Madrid.
Morata is believed to have broken off from his honeymoon this week for showdown talks with Real president Florentino Perez in a bid to break the stalemate in the move.
And those talks have helped to speed up negotiations between the two clubs with Real set to lower their £70million asking price and edge towards agreeing a compromise figure nearer United’s £60m valuation of the 24-year-old.
Morata, a boyhood Real fan and a graduate of their youth academy, has taken the decision to move to Old Trafford after Jose Mourinho made it clear he wanted him as his new No 9 to replace the injured and departed Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Mourinho has convinced Morata he is ideally suited for English football and can flourish on the big Old Trafford stage.
Morata also knows regular first-team football with United will enhance his dreams of being Spain’s No 9 at next summer’s World Cup.