Three strikers Man Utd could sign this summer

Shona Duthie takes a look at three potential transfer targets up front for Manchester United this summer

By Shona Duthie

Harry Kane

The 21-year-old Tottenham Hotspur striker had nothing short of an outstanding debut season in the Premier League. He scored 21 goals for Spurs and has now been given a £45m price tag from club chairman Daniel Levy. His goal-scoring talent has made other clubs sit up and take notice. With Spurs finishing fifth and out of the Champions League spots, how long can the north Londoners keep their star man from transitioning to a top-four club? Manchester United have expressed their interest in Kane and could easily pay the transfer fee to secure the up-and-coming English international. United need some presence in the penalty area – and Kane has shown that throughout the season he can get into intricate spaces to create goal-scoring opportunities. Could this see him become a Red Devil and move to Old Trafford?

Fernando Llorente

Louis van Gaal recently stated that he has a secret striker target – and it is believed to be Juventus forward Fernando Llorente. The link to the Spain international emerged after it was been suggested that Angel di Maria’s proposed £45m move to Paris Saint-Germain was edging closer. United need cover for their forward line after Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao left in the summer window. Llorente has expressed a desire to play more first-team football and has struggled since joining Juventus. He has managed to score 27 goals in 90 appearances. Van Gaal wants some height in the penalty area and the 6ft 5in Llorente could address this issue. United would, however, face competition from Real Madrid, meaning they will have to act quick if they want their man.

Gonzalo Higuain

The Argentine striker is one of the most highly-rated number nines in Europe. Higuain scored 18 goals in 37 appearances for Napoli last season, however it is his link-up play with his midfield and his offering of a focal point to score that has gotten Europe’s elite attention. The 27-year-old has been linked with many clubs over the summer window, leading Napoli to suggest that his £66.8m release clause will be the only way he will leave the club this year. He has struggled over the last 12 months after missing big chances in major matches for both club and country. A move to another club could smooth these issues out and he could be the man that Van Gaal is looking to head his front line. United broke the English transfer record last summer when signing Higuain’s compatriot Di Maria for £59.7m. Could United do it again for another former Real Madrid man? He would certainly please a lot of United fans as they are looking for more signings to compete for the Premier League next term.


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