Three strikers Man United could sign in the January transfer window

Jonathan Spencer takes a look at three potential targets for Manchester United when the transfer window re-opens

By Jonathan Spencer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The 34-year-old Sweden international could leave Paris Saint-Germain this winter for a cut-price fee, after being linked with a move away this summer. He scored 19 goals for the French champions last campaign and is still a major threat to any defence in Europe. There is no reason why United should not be interested in Ibrahimovic, as it is clear they lack the firepower upfront after their first four Premier League matches. If Louis van Gaal wanted him, he would definitely be willing to pay his wages, as he is not shy to splash the cash at the moment. Many other clubs will be interested in signing the ex-Barcelona forward, including his hometown club Malmo, which is also where he started his football career.

Edinson Cavani

After being linked with Arsenal this summer, a move for PSG’s Cavani is a possibility for Manchester United. Although he has a hefty price-tag, United will not be scared to pay what is needed. Van Gaal knows what the team need and a striker of Cavani’s brilliance could fire the Red Devils to a title push. He would also be a good replacement for Robin van Persie and could be the out-and-out scorer the fans desperately want to see. The reigning Ligue 1 champions are looking to revamp their ageing squad and January could be an important time for United to step up their interest. However, the Uruguayan has started the season in fine form, bagging three goals in only four games. If his form continues, PSG may not be willing to listen to any offers for Cavani.

Saido Berahino

As there is a shortage of attacking options available, United should be looking a step closer to home. Berahino is an exciting young talent who has Premier League experience and a natural eye for goal. In the last campaign he netted 14 times, equalling Van Persie and Radamel Falcao’s combined tally. At only 21, he still has a lot to learn in the coming years but he has many of the attributes needed to be a top striker. In an area where United are struggling, this could be a good bit of business by Van Gaal and may cost considerably less than other forwards . Also, unhappy at West Brom, Berahino would be chomping at the bit to play his football at Old Trafford.

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