The 20 strikers Manchester United have been linked with since Cristiano Ronaldo made exit

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After allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Old Trafford, a new striker has become Manchester United’s top transfer priority in 2023.

Erik ten Hag’s side have brought in Wout Weghorst on loan from Burnley, but he is regarded as a stop-gap signing until the summer.

We’ve taken a look at every striker United have been linked with since Ronaldo packed his bags and left Old Trafford in November.

Note: we’ve not included Joao Felix, Memphis Depay, Cody Gakpo or Vincent Aboubakar, who all moved clubs during the January transfer window.

Premier League

Harry Kane

Kane now has just 18 months left on his current deal at Tottenham and United are said to be monitoring the striker’s contract situation.

According to ESPN, United believe that they would be the ‘most attractive’ option for the 29-year-old, who is now just 61 goals behind Alan Shearer in the all-time scoring charts in the Premier League.

The Daily Mail adds that Kane is open to joining United in the summer and Spurs are set to place a minimum £85m price tag on their captain.

But the Athletic’s David Ornstein has since reported that the England international is actually open to extending his stay at Spurs.

Serie A

Dusan Vlahovic

Vlahovic only joined Juventus from Fiorentina last January on a four-year deal, but he could be on the move already.

The Daily Mirror report that the Serbia international features on United’s list of targets while Corriere Torino claim that his agent is listening to everything with interest.

Per 90min, United are one of five sides who have been offered the chance to sign Vlahovic and have been told that the striker would like to play under Ten Hag.

Victor Osimhen

Osimhen is currently spearheading Napoli’s Serie A title charge and is attracting interest from Europe’s biggest clubs.

While Napoli are determined not to lose him in January, Gazzetta dello Sport claims it is ‘no secret’ that talks over his transfer in the summer have already taken place.

The Daily Mirror, The Daily Mail, The Times, The Athletic, Samuel Luckhurst and Fabrizio Romano have all confirmed that the Nigeria international is on United’s radar.

Tammy Abraham

On December 29, TEAMtalk exclusively revealed that Abraham is on United’s main list of targets and they are plotting a move for the striker.

The Chelsea academy graduate currently plays for Roma but is understood to be open about returning to the Premier League.

Olivier Giroud

While we’re on the subject of former Premier League strikers…

Giroud bagged 90 Premier League goals between his spells with Arsenal and Chelsea before leaving England to join AC Milan in 2021.

According to The Times, United had the 36-year-old on their radar ahead of the January transfer window, but he looks set to sign a contract extension at the San Siro.

Ligue 1

Kylian Mbappe

After Ronaldo’s controversial interview with Piers Morgan, The Daily Mirror claimed that Mbappe has now become United’s top target.

The report adds that Ten Hag’s side possess the financial might to pay the £150m-plus transfer fee and can also pay the PSG star £500,000-a-week in wages.

Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe is embraced by Manchester United's Marcus Rashford after the Champions League round of 16 clash between PSG and Manchester United Credit: Alamy
Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe is embraced by Manchester United's Marcus Rashford after the Champions League round of 16 clash between PSG and Manchester United Credit: Alamy

Jonathan David

David has been earning rave reviews for Lille and journalist Dean Jones believes that the striker is now under consideration at Old Trafford.

La Liga

Karim Benzema

Benzema’s Real Madrid contract is set to expire at the end of the season and Nacional report that United are preparing an enormous salary package to tempt the player to Old Trafford.

Borja Iglesias

Iglesias has been in fine form for Real Betis in 2022/23 and Estadio Deportivo claim that United are among the clubs interested in signing the 30-year-old striker, with Everton, Fulham, Brighton and Brentford also keen.

Antoine Griezmann

Griezmann has often been linked with a move to Old Trafford and Fichajes claim that United made a £52.3m offer to Atletico Madrid ahead of the January transfer window.

Alvaro Morata

As per ESPN, United made enquiries for Morata last summer and the Atletico Madrid striker is still of interest to the club.

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Bundesliga

Marcus Thuram

Thuram has been in brilliant form for Borussia Monchengladbach but his contract is set to expire at the end of the 2022/23 season.

The Daily Mail claim that United are keeping tabs on his situation while German publication BILD report that he is ready to spurn offers from Aston Villa and Newcastle in favour of joining Ten Hag’s side.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

A former Stoke City striker, Choupo-Moting now plays for Bayern Munich and has been in impressive form in 2022/23, scoring 12 goals in 17 appearances.

Journalist Florian Plettenberg stated that United had ‘concrete’ interest in the 33-year-old at the start of the January window, but they’ve since signed Wout Weghorst on loan from Burnley.

Randal Kolo Muani

According to L’Equipe, United were prepared to make a £53m offer for Muani in January but the striker is keen on finishing the season with Eintracht Frankfurt before assessing his options in the summer.

Youssoufa Moukoko

Reports in Germany claimed that United were monitoring Moukoko’s situation, but he’s now signed a new long-term contract at Borussia Dortmund.

Any other leagues

Goncalo Ramos

After taking Ronaldo’s place in the Portugal team at the World Cup, Ramos could now replace his compatriot at Old Trafford.

ESPN claim that United enquired about his availability while the Daily Mirror revealed that Ten Hag is a big fan of the Benfica striker, who has a £103m release clause.

Benjamin Sesko

Sesko currently plies his trade for RB Salzburg in Austria and will join sister club RB Leipzig in the summer ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.

But 90min and the Daily Telegraph both believe that United are plotting to hijack the deal before the 19-year-old ever plays a game for Leipzig.

Mohammed Kudus

After signing Lisandro Martinez and Antony last summer, Ten Hag has now been linked with another Ajax player.

The Athletic states that Ten Hag admires his skill and dynamism while Fabrizio Romano confirmed that they’ve sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old.

Speaking to TEAMtalk, Graeme Bailey stressed that a future move for Kudus is “one to keep an eye on”.

Vitor Roque

Alongside Real Madrid’s Endrick, Roque is regarded as one of Brazil’s brightest prospects after starring for Atletico Paranaense.

The 17-year-old has a £52.5m release clause in his contract and Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport claim that United are set to rival Paris Saint-Germain for his signature.

Felipe Rodriguez-Gentile

The youngest player on this list, Rodriguez-Gentile plays for Preston North End’s Under-18s and made headlines in December 2022 when he netted five goals in the Lilywhites’ 6-1 win over Rotherham United in the FA Youth Cup.

According to the Daily Mirror, United are tracking the 16-year-old, who also has admirers at Manchester City, Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham.

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