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Manchester United move closer to Alvaro Morata deal

Manchester United could add Nemanja Matic and Alvaro Morata to their squad before their summer tour.

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The Telegraph say that Nemanja Matic is Manchester United and Jose Mourinho's third choice in the transfer market for the midfield position. He had wanted Eric Dier and Radja Nainggolan ahead of Matic, but with no luck for either of those, he's moved onto Matic. It is slightly odd to describe this as odd. Given United have a central defender and a midfielder (assuming this transfer gets sorted quickly), they have another two months to get a striker and a winger, and then perhaps anything else that comes up unexpectedly. You're meant to have several targets for each position because of this kind of thing, so to call it frustrating is both premature and wrong.

One possible addition is Gareth Bale, but the Daily Mail believe that Real Madrid have no interest in selling him this summer. United are one of the few clubs who can afford him, so if they do eventually relent, it would likely be United who take him back from Spain. He would represent a serious step up on Anthony Martial, who is far better technically, but nowhere near as direct and consistent.

The Mirror believe that Alvaro Morata is set to join Manchester United. It's complicated by Real's desire for David de Gea. That part of the story has been relatively quiet so far, but we might expect more action at the start of July when the official transfer window for the new season kicks in.

And on ESPNFC, here's a look at our new scout. He has been crucial to Juventus's superb capital allocation over the last few years, and any help that Mourinho and future managers can have, that takes responsibility from the dramatically useless Ed Woodward, is for the best. Expect little impact until next season, when he's had time to settle in.