Yesterday we learnt that Manchester United’s interest in signing Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid had cooled. That’s because, in the wake of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury, Jose Mourinho has prioritised targeting an out and out striker, rather than a #10 which is what he sees Griezmann as.
Here at Old Trafford Faithful, we’ve decided to draw up a list of three potential strikers that Manchester United should look at in our opinion. These are guys that have all had brilliant seasons, and go into this transfer window with hefty price-tags draped over their heads.
The big Belgian wants out of Everton this summer and to be honest, you can hardly blame him. In terms of a man who fits Mourinho’s tactics perfectly, I don’t think there would be anyone better than Romelu Lukaku.
He has plenty of Premier League experience and at just 24, he still has an awful lot of developing to do. In each of his last three seasons with Everton, Lukaku has hit the back of the net at least twenty times, which is great going.
Let’s not forget that if he moved here, there would be even better service for him, meaning he could well score even more goals. I’d love to see him at the Theatre of Dreams but for some reason, I get the impression that our manager just doesn’t fancy him – particularly when you factor in that it was Jose who sold him from Chelsea a couple of years ago.
The Real Madrid man is another striker who has been linked with a move to United recently. He’s also a young man at just 24, with bags of experience under his belt. This season, Morata has found the back of the net twenty times, but hasn’t really been given the luxury of a regular run in the Madrid team.
He’s strong, quick and great in the air and his game seems like it would work in the Premier League, but he is untested here in England, of course. There is much more of a gamble associated with this move in comparison to the other two guys on this list.
One of the biggest pluses is that Mourinho has worked with Morata previously and he will know his game inside out. I’d trust our manager in his decision making because he got every signing right last summer.
We’ve definitely saved the best till last. Harry Kane is just brilliant. It feels like we’re linked with the Spurs man every summer, although that rumour hasn’t really cropped up this time around (don’t worry, there is still time).
For an out and out goalscorer, I don’t think it comes any better than the Three Lions forward. He just loves finding the back of the net and when he’s on form, there is just no stopping him.
The main issue with any potential move for Kane is negotiating with Daniel Levy. He’ll always drive the price up one way or another, and when you add in the English premium I think we could be looking at something close to a world record fee. I’d also be concerned about his injury issues as he tends to miss at least a couple of months of action on a relatively regular basis.