According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United has identified six alternatives in case they are unable to convince Tottenham to sell striker Harry Kane.
Kane, who is 29 years old, is rumored to be leaving Tottenham after the club failed to secure a Champions League spot for the upcoming season and continued to lack silverware. Manchester United is interested in negotiating for Kane, especially since coach Erik Ten Hag is said to be “obsessed” with him. He is one of the top Man Utd transfer targets this summer. However, dealing with Spurs is not an easy task, mainly due to chairman Daniel Levy.
According to the Manchester Evening News, a source who had previously worked with Levy jokingly mentioned that Manchester United would have to “kill him” to acquire Kane. But now that Manchester United has secured a Champions League spot, they are not willing to get involved in a prolonged saga to sign the striker who has scored 30 goals this season, as was the case with Manchester City in the past.
Instead, they will focus on a shortened list of six forwards as alternatives if the Kane deal falls through. Will these players below become Man U transfer news today live done deal?
#1: Victor Osimhen
Striker Victor Osimhen of Napoli tops this list. The 23 goals from the Nigerian player have helped Napoli clinch their first Serie A title since 1990. However, Napoli’s asking price of £130 million for Osimhen is deemed too high. If this deal is successful, he will become the Man Utd most expensive signing in club history.
#2: Rasmus Hojlund
Apart from Osimhen, Manchester United is also looking at another forward from the Italian league. That is 20-year-old striker Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta, who has scored 8 goals in 18 appearances this season. The challenge, though, is that forwards transitioning from Serie A to the Premier League often face difficulties.
#3: Randal Kolo Muani
Randal Kolo Muani of Eintracht Frankfurt is another star in the sights of Manchester United. The 24-year-old player scored in the 2022 World Cup semifinal and had a strong season in the Bundesliga, netting 14 goals and providing 13 assists.
#4: Mohammed Kudus
Ten Hag is also rumored to be an admirer of Ajax star Mohammed Kudus, who is 22 years old. After an impressive season with 18 goals for Ajax across all competitions, the midfielder has expressed his desire to move on and could be open to a reunion with coach Ten Hag at Manchester United. Kudus’ versatility in the attacking positions is also worth considering for Ten Hag.
#5: Goncalo Ramos
Journalist Rudy Galetti revealed through GMS that Manchester United could make a “massive offer” for Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos. The Portuguese international has shone for Benfica this season, scoring 26 goals and providing 17 assists in 46 appearances across all competitions. At the age of 21, he is indeed a formidable goalscorer.
#6: Evan Ferguson
Young Brighton star Evan Ferguson is also being pursued, but a transfer for the teenage player seems unlikely for Manchester United as he recently signed a contract extension with his current club. The Irish player admitted that his childhood idol was Wayne Rooney, so a potential move to Manchester United could be in the future rather than at the moment.
Which positions does Manchester United need to strengthen?
Besides these 6 names above, there are many free players for Man Utd new signings. While the striker position is one that Ten Hag is keen to address, other positions such as center-back and midfielder will also require reinforcements if Manchester United wants to compete for the Premier League title and perform well in the Champions League.
According to these terms, Premier League stars like Declan Rice and Mason Mount have been contacted for a potential move to Manchester United. Additionally, Manchester United also wants to acquire defenders Kim Min-Jae and Jermaine Frimpong.
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