Jose Mourinho expects to transfer Real Madrid star by Friday

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho expects a £65million deal for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata to be completed by Friday, according to reports in Spain.

The Red Devils are desperate to sign the Spaniard but have found negotiations with Madrid, who had valued the forward at around £78m, difficult.

Victor Lindelof remains United’s only signing so far this summer and Mourinho is believed to be annoyed at the lack of progress executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has made on other deals.

However, Morata remains keen on moving to Old Trafford and his agent met with Bernabeu officials to discuss a deal yesterday that culminated in a £65m figure being verbally agreed.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, Mourinho is now confident that Morata will be a United player in time for the club’s tour of the United States and the Red Devils could even announce the transfer on Thursday.

Morata’s move to Old Trafford will be the club’s second biggest deal of all-time, beaten only by Paul Pogba’s world record £89m move to the club last summer.

United’s need for Morata accelerated after Zlatan Ibrahimovic tore his ACL in April and Mourinho focused on the Spaniard following confirmation that Antoine Griezmann would stay at Atletico Madrid.

Once the Spanish international’s move to the club is complete, United will focus on moves for Nemanja Matic and Ivan Perisic.