LONDON, Sporting Alert – When influential managers take over at top clubs, there will always be big name players linked, which is why it’s no surprise to see Manchester United being associated with so many stars again, with the latest being Juventus striker Alvaro Morata.
The Red Devils replaced Louis van Gaal with former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at the end of an overall disappointing campaign last month, and although Old Trafford will see no Champions League football this coming season, some of the leading players in Europe are immediately seeing as targets.
Following the news this week that Mourinho is pushing to tempt Paul Pogba to return to Manchester United, after the Frenchman left on a free transfer in 2012, ESPN FC is further reporting that his Juventus teammate Morata is also a target for the Portuguese coach.
The Spanish forward who is currently on duty with the international team at Euro 2016, is being associated with a move away from the Serie A champions and according to ESPN FC, a source close to the English Premier League club claimed that Man United are ready to battle for his signature.
However, just like it is in the pursuit of Pogba, Mourinho and the Red Devils are apparently facing solid competition from Real Madrid, who are reportedly ready to activate the £23 million buy-back clause in the current contract of Morata.
But while the buzz about signing the likes of Pogba and Morata is lifting the mood across the red side of Manchester, many of the club’s supporters doesn’t think it makes sense to bring in the latter, given the young talents at the club already in a fight for the position he plays.
Anthony Martial and the shocking emerge of Marcus Rashford is already enough problems for Mourinho to worry about, and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic also expected to join up with his former boss, logically it doesn’t make sense to buy another player who would need to play through the middle.
Furthermore, it is understood that Mourinho turned down the chance to sign England striker Jamie Vardy because he wanted to be more flexible with the playing time of the younger frontmen at the club.