Man United transfers: Three strikers the Red Devils could sign this summer
Tom Phillips takes a look at three options for Manchester United to strengthen their attack this summer
Already linked to Old Trafford, Edinson Cavani would be a perfect fit to replace Robin van Persie this summer. Cavani has been in sensational form throughout his career and boasts an impressive goal-scoring record – the last time he failed to net 20 goals in a season was when he was at Palermo in 2010. Last season, he finished the season with 31 goals across all competitions for PSG, making the Uruguayan a clinical finisher that would meet the demands of Premier League football with ease. However, United may face a challenge in agreeing a fee. Cavani cost PSG €64.5m in 2013 and with three years left on his contract, the French club will be looking for a profit in the transfer window if they are willing to sell him. This may mean Louis van Gaal may have no choice but to use PSG target, Angel Di Maria, as part of the deal.
A sensation at Olympique Lyonnais, Alexandre Lacazete has set Ligue 1 alight in the last three years. Still only 24 years old, Lacazette has already scored 69 goals in all competitions for Lyon, including 31 in all competitions last season. The player is a popular figure with the staff and fans alike, with many supporters likening him to former Lyon striker, Sonny Anderson. It is clear that Lacazette is one of the hottest targets in the transfer market, with both Arsenal and Liverpool looking to splash out and meet the £35m asking price Lyon have put on the young Frenchman. Despite not being the tallest at 5’9”, Lacazette plays with explosive pace which will be the perfect recipe for disaster against Premier League opposition with the potential to link with the likes of Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata; has the physicality to meet the demands of Premier League football and is set to be a big hit on the major stage for years to come.
Despite reports of Arsenal prioritising their attention on Karim Benzema, United would be silly not to consider Real Madrid’s main striker in their transfer activities. The striker has been in brilliant form despite the criticism last season over the BBC attacking format that saw Los Blancos lift La Decima and Copa Del Rey the season before. With Madrid looking to bring back Alvaro Morata, it looks like Rafael Benitez is looking to the future, with 27-year-old Benzema going down the pecking order. United will provide the perfect challenge for Benzema in their quest to win a major domestic title since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in May 2013. Benzema will be a brilliant acquisition for the Red Devils and with Van Gaal implementing his footballing philosophy into the club, the forward’s style of play will be a perfect fit to replace the departed Van Persie. However, it will be a difficult signing to make for the Red Devils as Benzema is currently Madrid’s only lone striker and with former Liverpool manager Benitez at the helm, it will be near impossible to even speak to the Spanish club.