Despite Edinson Cavani signing a contract extension at Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to rule out a move for another centre-forward this summer.
“Yeah, Edi signed but how many good strikers have we had at this club?,” Solskjaer said last month. “I can’t say we’re not signing a striker, of course not. Because we’re building towards a better squad, we’re top three two years on the bounce but not where we want to be.”
For all the talk of the progress Solskjaer has made, the Reds finishing second but failing to win the Europa League can’t be deemed a successful season, but the signing of Cavani was undoubtedly a bright spark, albeit the transfer was a little fortuitous.
While it seems likely Cavani, 34, will share the burden of United’s goalscoring hopes next campaign, it’s likely Mason Greenwood will interchange in that position, but who could Solskjaer sign now to hit the ground running?
Here are a list of options for Solskjaer to consider in the transfer market…
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Andre Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt, contract expires: 2023)
Andre Silva has been linked with a move to United this summer and it’s understandable that the Eintracht Frankfurt centre-forward is attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs after his outstanding season in front of goal in Germany.
The 25-year-old scored 28 goals in the Bundesliga this term – one more than Erling Haaland – and he would be available for a fraction of the price United would have to pay for the Norwegian youngster.
Reports suggest Frankfurt would be open to selling Silva for a fee in the region of £35m this summer, which could prove to be a bargain price considering his record in front of goal – usually, prolific scorers certainly don’t come that cheap.
Memphis Depay (Lyon, contract expires 2021)
While his 2015 arrival was much anticipated, Memphis Depay’s career at United never lived up to its promise, and after spending one-and-half mostly underwhelming years at Old Trafford, the Dutchman was sold to Lyon by Jose Mourinho.
Since his departure Depay has thrived in France, emphatically reigniting his career with Lyon and it’s indicative of his talent and mentality that he became the captain of the Ligue 1 side, while also assuming captain duties with the Netherlands.
Although he played on the wing across his time at United, Depay has excelled when playing through the middle for Lyon, developing into an astute finisher, having scored 22 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions this season.
Barcelona are believed to be in talks to sign Depay on a free transfer this summer but if he joined United it has the potential to be a sensational return.
Harry Kane (Tottenham, contract expires: 2024)
Now, this is arguably the most obvious candidate for United to attempt to sign this summer if they harbour serious Premier League title aspirations – securing Harry Kane‘s signature would be a serious statement of intent.
However, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has built a reputation as a tricky businessman and it’s said he’ll play hardball in any negotiations for Kane this summer, reportedly valuing the three-time Golden Boot winner at a hefty £120m.
Could United afford this lofty fee? Well, Kane would guarantee them goals and an abundance of them for years to come, his arrival at Old Trafford could single-handedly be enough for United to close the 12-point gap to Manchester City next season.
It would be the most difficult deal to complete out from this shortlist, but it could bear the most fruit.
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Diego Costa (Previously Atletico Madrid, free agent)
This is perhaps an unorthodox suggestion, but United have unintentionally developed the knack of getting the best out of strikers on their last ‘big’ move as they enter the autumn of their career and Diego Costa could fit this billing after leaving Atletico Madrid.
Costa mutually agreed to terminate his contract with the La Liga champions in December, meaning he remains in the footballing wilderness, although at 32 years old he could represent a shrewd signing considering he’s available on a free transfer.
The Spaniard’s trademark aggression and elite finishing ability helped fire Chelsea to the title in 2015 and 2017, although it is worth noting that he’s known to be a volatile character, and Solskjaer could view this as an unnecessary risk in a team that’s now built around harmony.