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Aitor Karanka: Alvaro Morata will be spectacular at Manchester United

Clarence Duncan | 19 June, 2017, 02:02

However, Morata has now emerged as a key target for Chelsea, to replace fellow Spain worldwide Diego Costa.

The Spanish global scored a whopping 20 goals and 6 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions combined, the highest by any Real Madrid player apart from Cristiano Ronaldo, despite largely playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema. The player was earlier linked to a host of clubs but it is Manchester United who are now in the lead for the Spaniard.

Ronaldo's representatives Gestifute have denied the accusation, while Madrid have said they are "absolutely convinced that our player Cristiano Ronaldo will prove his total innocence in this process".

Morata rejoined Real last summer from Juventus, but despite notching 20 goals upon his return last season, he was restricted to the role of back-up with manager Zinedine Zidane routinely preferring Karim Benzema.

United had been favourites to sign the Spain worldwide, with a £65m deal appearing close to completion last week.

Chelsea are expecting to lose Diego Costa after boss Antonio Conte texted the striker to tell him he is no longer in his plans.

According to reports in Spain, Jose Mourinho had been phoning the 24-year-old striker on a near daily basis to convince him that he will be the main man at United.

He is the real deal, and there is still much more to come. Chelsea's current situation with Conte might see United edge the Blues to Morata.

Alvaro Morata Highlights from last season. Chelsea or United, the 24-year-old seems destined for the Premier League.

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