Manchester United have a whole host of attacking talent at their disposal this season, but over the summer their options could become much slimmer.
Edinson Cavani’s contract is expiring and he is generally expected to move to new pasture and many fans see no future for Anthony Martial at the club.
That would leave United with striking options from Cristiano Ronaldo, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, so it is likely that they will have to take a step to add another striker to this lineup.
The dream target is Erling Haaland, whose £ 73million release clause at Borussia Dortmund makes him the most desirable property in the European market. Contracts, bonuses and the presence of a certain Mino Raiola mean the Norwegian striker will cost a bit more than the generous fees suggest.
United have suffered in the past from having only one Plan A, but under Ralf Rangnick it is likely that they will put together a shortlist of options if they cannot secure Haaland’s signing.
So let’s take a look at two forwards that could be great alternatives at a fraction of the cost.
David is a 21-year-old forward for Ligue 1 champion Lille. He built on last season’s shock victory by scoring 12 goals in 21 Ligue 1 and Champions League appearances this season.
He’s a forward who embodies many of the ideals Rangnick will try to implement at United. He pushes forward to try to retrieve the high ball, while using movement to create chances.
Not only does he move towards the area to create scoring opportunities, but he also keeps defenders away from his teammates in order to give them a better chance to score.
Lille are not immune to the financial woes the pandemic has brought to French football, which means they may have to sell a number of key players. Fans of David will keep a close eye on his situation.
The striker has also expressed his desire to play in the Premier League. In an interview with The Guardian in 2020, he said: “I want to be one of the best strikers in the world. That’s my goal.
“The Premier League is the best in the world and the most competitive so it’s obviously a place I would like to play in the future.”
It’s likely Rangnick will use his Red Bull connections at some point. Reports have already linked United with a £ 33million transfer to RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, but there is one other player who could be of interest.
Karim Adeyemi is one of the most prominent talents in world football. He is currently at RB Salzburg, who have seen elite attacking talents such as Haaland and Leicester City striker Patson Daka line up for them in recent years.
Adeyemi appears to be their next attacker who will be awarded a big gap for his exploits.
He has scored 11 goals in 15 appearances for Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga, and three more in five Champions League appearances.
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The 19-year-old also won his first senior caps for Germany this season, scoring a first international goal in the 4-0 win over North Macedonia.
He can be deployed as a striker and a winger, providing some tactical flexibility for the manager who is breaking through the gates of Old Trafford this summer.
United will likely face competition from Premier League sides Liverpool and Arsenal, but also European heavyweights in the form of Bayern Munich, Dortmund and Barcelona if they enter the race for Adeyemi.
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