Man United transfers: Three replacements for Robin van Persie
Katie Falkingham takes a look at three potential replacements for outgoing Man United striker Robin van Persie
Manchester United are reportedly preparing a £60m bid for the Bayern Munich star, who previously played under manager Louis van Gaal when the Dutchman was in charge at the Allianz Arena. Muller is said to be “flattered” by United’s interest, but will only join if his wage demands of £200,000-a-week can be met. The 25-year-old German has scored 71 goals in 197 appearances for his boyhood club since making his debut in the Bundesliga back in 2008, and Bayern are said to be reluctant to sell him. But Muller’s versatility and clinical finishing in front of goal is exactly what the Red Devils need, and Bayern Munich will find it difficult to turn down a big offer from United.
The Paris Saint-Germain star is said to frustrated at playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and despite being a fans’s favourite, is looking for a move away from the Parc de Princes. The 28-year-old scored 27 goals in 54 appearances for his club last season despite playing on the wing, and PSG are keen to hold onto the Uruguayan. He has a proven scoring record both in France and in Italy for his former club Napoli and current employers PSG, but questions are frequently asked of his ability to perform on big occasions, most recently after a disappointing performance at the Copa America. United are believed to be preparing an offer of £60m, and are not afraid of spending big after already signing Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven for £25m.
The PFA young player of the year has attracted a lot of attention from Europe’s big clubs after breaking onto the scene with a phenomenal year at White Hart Lane. 21-year-old Kane scored 32 goals in all competitions for Spurs last season, and United have taken a keen interest in the young striker as they search for an out-and-out goalscorer to partner Wayne Rooney up front. It is expected that United would have to pay in excess of £45m for the England international, but it may be a risky buy