According to reports, Juventus striker Alvaro Morata would prefer to move to Manchester United over Chelsea, but only under a certain condition.

If latest reports are to be believed, then Chelsea, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid have all been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Juventus striker Alvaro Morata. The striker is set to leave Turin this summer with Real Madrid rumoured to be activating their buy-back clause and it is likely that the Spanish international is going to be sold immediately for a hefty profit to any potential suitors.

According to a report in The Sun, it has been claimed in Spanish radio station ‘Onda Cero‘ that Manchester United is the destination of Morata’s choice, but only under the condition that the Red Devils don’t sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The nomadic Swede has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United after a trophy-laden spell in with PSG. It was reported last week that the deal was set to be completed ahead of the ongoing European Championships and the Swedish Captain is set to reunite with Mourinho at United.

BOLOGNA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 19: Alvaro Morata # 9 of Juventus FC in action during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and Juventus FC at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on February 19, 2016 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)

BOLOGNA, ITALY – FEBRUARY 19: Alvaro Morata # 9 of Juventus FC in action during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and Juventus FC at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on February 19, 2016 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Mourinho is reportedly keen on getting the 23-year-old to Old Trafford, having previously worked with him at Real Madrid and according to ESPN, a source close to United has revealed that they have already begun preparing a bid for the Spaniard. Previously, Arsenal were rumoured to be preparing a huge wage package for Morata and Chelsea had reportedly opened talks with the striker over a potential £40 million swoop.

Morata’s many options

Should Ibrahimovic’s arrival be confirmed, United will possess a wealth of attacking options in the form or Rooney, Martial, the Swede himself and the young Marcus Rashford, who had a breakout season. The excess competition for one starting spot may put Morata off, given that Mourinho usually sets his team up with a lone striker up front. This may lead to the 2 time Serie A Champion to move to Chelsea.

Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is reportedly a fan of Morata and he would certainly be a welcome addition to the Chelsea ranks. With their experiments with Pato and Falcao not going as well as they would have hoped and Remy linked with a move away to Fenerbache, Chelsea are sure to invest heavily in a striker upfront to partner Diego Costa, and his international team-mate Alvaro Morata would seem to be an ideal choice.

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