Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has already started making plans for the upcoming round of transfer signings, but his intentions may be derailed by Bayern Munich and Chelsea.
According to reports, Manchester United is planning to recruit a high-profile striker within the next year, but they may have stiff competition from other European superpowers.
There is an urgent need for the rejuvenation of the Red Devils’ offense.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract with the Red Devils expires in the summer, and he has been trying to leave Old Trafford ever since the summer.
Anthony Martial, who has had a lot of difficulty staying healthy, doesn’t seem like a long-term option for Erik ten Hag.
As a result, United’s recruiting squad is making preparations to bring in a marquee forward during the upcoming summer transfer window.
The club’s scouting squad is reportedly working diligently to compile long and short lists of targets who might be appropriate, according to the Manchester Evening News.
According to reports, Victor Osimhen of Naples is one of those alternatives. With nine goals in 13 games across all competitions, the Nigerian has had an electrifying season for the Serie A leaders this year.
His performances have undoubtedly attracted a lot of attention from throughout Europe, but it might cost a lot of money for any interested sides to get him; Napoli will undoubtedly seek more than the £67.5 million they paid Lille in 2020.
In addition, United faces additional challenges as they look to bolster their striking lineup due to the possibility that some of Europe’s top teams may also be interested in signing a star forward.
Robert Lewandowski left the Allianz Arena in the summer to join Barcelona, and Bayern Munich is one of those German powerhouses that has yet to acquire a replacement.
Chelsea may also try to sign a forward, although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is only a temporary solution.
Finally, despite the fact that current forward Karim Benzema is still in excellent shape, Real Madrid might potentially enter the market.
The Frenchman won the Ballon d’Or this year for his outstanding performances, but at 34, it makes sense that the Spanish powerhouses will try to secure his replacement as soon as possible.
Although it is unclear who United will sign, a few fascinating names have already come to light. According to recent rumors, they are interested in Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, a former Stoke City player.
The 33-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign, and should he be unable to reach new terms with his present club, Bayern Munich, he could join Old Trafford on a free transfer.
Marko Arnautovic, a former Stoke teammate, was also mentioned in the summer transfer rumors, but United decided against making a move for the Bologna forward.