Man Utd line up 23-goal forward ‘first and foremost’ as Ten Hag’s four-man striker shortlist is revealed
Ben Jacobs is reporting that Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is among several forwards Man Utd are considering signing ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
The Red Devils are in the market for a marquee striker signing after Cristiano Ronaldo left the club at the end of last year.
Man Utd are progressing well under Erik ten Hag, but they likely need to get their next striker signing right if they are going to step up and challenge for the Premier League title next season.
Harry Kane has been linked to Man Utd. He is out of contract in 2024 and he is yet to commit his future to Tottenham Hotspur. Though with reports suggesting that United are unwilling to engage in negotiations with Daniel Levy, they may be forced to look elsewhere.
Osimhen – who has scored 23 goals across all competitions for Napoli this season – has more longevity than Kane but he will likely cost more than £100m.
This is seemingly not putting off Man Utd, though. Jacobs is reporting that they are “seriously looking” at Osimhen, while they are also interested in Chelsea target Dusan Vlahovic.
“Manchester United, first and foremost, are still seriously looking at Victor Osimhen, and it’ll be intriguing to see whether knowing that his dream is the Premier League, Napoli can hang on to him,” Jacobs told TEAMtalk.
“Chelsea will also be in the race for Osimhen as well as Dusan Vlahovic, which is another possibility for Manchester United.
“There’s a real opportunity to sign him [Vlahovic] from Juventus as well over the course of the summer because the player has an appetite now to leave and try the Premier League. And of course, before he moved to Juventus from Fiorentina there were strong links and concrete attempts by Arsenal to try and sign Vlahovic.
“So the Premier League has always been an option and Manchester United and Chelsea will be in that conversation as well.”
Jacobs goes on to suggest that Ajax’s Muhammad Kudus and AC Milan’s Rafael Leao are also options for Man Utd.
“And then there’s Muhammad Kudus as well, the Ghanaian that was excellent at the World Cup and who Erik ten Hag knows very well from his time at Ajax,” Jacobs added.
“But Leao is a player that they’ve looked at, but there’s nothing much more to it than that at this stage and it’s a very long shortlist of strikers for Manchester United.
“The key thing for Manchester United and other suitors to understand about [Rafael] Leao is whether he signs a new deal because that in all likelihood takes him out of the equation for a summer move. But also what the price is, and that’s the big thing in all of this that Milan have always been really really strong and firm and high in their valuation.
“That’s what’s put off suitors and if they’d have dropped on price to ultimately cash in then Leao probably would have already been at Chelsea and playing in the Premier League.”
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