While the current Premier League season having drawn to a close, one of the most exciting moments in the football calendar is about to begin. The summer transfer window has always been a good indication of where clubs are headed, perhaps even more so than the season itself!
With a buzz of anticipation, expectation, and a healthy dose of unfounded rumours, the transfer window can typically tell fans what game their club is looking to play and how far they are willing to go to up their chances in the next season. For those who like to make their own bets, it can also be a good indication of whether to get involved in-play or pre-match – depending on how much star power those new signings have!
The Problem With Manchester United
When it comes to Manchester United, it’s clear that a lot has to be done. While this club isn’t by any means a bad team, they are still playing in the shadows of Man United’s former success, and anything outside of a top 3 finish in the premier league should be seen as an opportunity missed.
For anyone who has watched the season, you will know that a lot of the issues come in the attack. While Man United clearly have a lot of tactical prowess, there seems to be a missing link somewhere between the strikers and the goal. They might be creating chances, but those chances are often ending up just wide of goal.
Of course, it’s easy to overlook the increased defence of several teams in the league – there have been a number of defence masterclasses throughout the season – but if Man United were the team they used to be, it would be expected that those defences could be countered and the chances could be finished.
With this in mind, who exactly are the strikers that Manchester United should target during the summer transfer window? Below is a list of five of our favourites and the individuals we think could make a big difference in getting Man United over the line and reaching the heights of their former glory:
Lautaro Martinez – Inter Milan
While Martinez might not appear on many other people’s lists, he has shown his prowess time and time again in Serie A. He may not have had the best World Cup from an individual standpoint, but he regularly appears on the top of goal charts in Serie A. According to a few sources, Man United have sent scouts to check out young striker Gift Orban, but at 25, Martinez has a very similar game that could also be targeted. It’s clear that he’s only just venturing into his peak years, so a quick snap-up by Manchester United could be just what the team needs to add that extra oomph.
Marcus Thuram – Borussia Monchengladbach
This man is on our list mostly because his club has already confirmed he is looking to find a new adventure this year. So far, he has 16 goals and 7 assists from 31 appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach, so he’s clearly got that killer instinct with the ball and can bring a lot to Manchester United.
Jonathan David – Lille
Jonathan David is one of the star players in Ligue 1. While he might not have the same power with the ball as Kylian Mbappe – who is the only player beating him on goals this season – he is still a master when it comes to breaking a defence and finding the net. He still has a couple of years on his contract so this one might be wishful thinking, but sometimes you’ve got to dream big to win big!
Benjamin Sesko – RB Salzburg
This might be more of a budget option, but sometimes you don’t have to splash out on cash to see big returns. Benjamin Sesko has all the qualities to become a Man United superstar, with quick feet and an ability to hold the ball and manipulate a defence. He might be an underrated signing if it happens, but Christian Erikson was an underrated summer signing last year, and he’s added a number of levels to Man United’s game.
Giovanni Simeone – Hellas Verona, On Loan at Napoli
Although he only signed for Napoli last year on loan, he has still scored a number of times, and who can forget the incredible 4-1 win against Lazio where all four goals were scored by Simeone? This man has firepower that is rarely seen in the game today, and it’s easy to see Manchester United’s fortunes going up if they manage to make a successful bid.