April 23, 2021

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Four strikers Manchester United can sign this summer to save millions

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Erling Haaland remains a top target for Manchester United ahead of the summer transfer window – but there are alternative options out there.

Amid reports that representatives of the Borussia Dortmund sensation have held talks with United and other elite European clubs this Easter weekend, speculation over his future will continue to mount until a final decision is then made at the end of this season.

United do have scope to acquire one marquee player during the upcoming window.

However, while Haaland and England striker Harry Kane are two high-profile names to have been linked over these last few months, several top-quality stars are set to become free agents.

Here, we take a closer look at four strikers who could save United, and other potential suitors, millions this summer – just as Edinson Cavani did ahead of the 2020/2021 campaign.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Surely not? As the curtain draws on a hugely-successful 10 years with Manchester City, the Argentine is sure to be in high demand during the summer transfer window.

Despite only scoring one Premier League goal this season, his record will stand the test of time – and his struggles this term can be attributed to injury set-backs and a prolonged recovery from Covid-19.

Aguero still has plenty left in the tank at 32, whether that is as a first-choice striker or back-up.

Either way, despite the hefty wage packet that comes as a pre-requisite for his services, the prolific goalscorer is a viable option for several top-level clubs – even if only as a shorter-term measure.

Stranger things have happened, as United and City know full well following Carlos Tevez’s controversial move from one side of Manchester to the other in 2009…

Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyon)

Unlike other players on this list, the former United forward has a number years left ahead of him – and is arguably heading towards his peak, too.

Depay’s struggles during an 18-month spell at Old Trafford were well-documented, with two goals coming in 33 appearances in the Premier League, on the back of a £25million switch from PSV Eindhoven.

However, the Dutchman, 27, is a much more accomplished player these days, as indicated by his impressive return at international level – where he has scored 23 goals in 62 games.

United fans already know that he’s not an out and out striker, but the Olympique Lyon man can operate in a range of key supporting roles, with 14 goals and 9 assists in 30 club appearances this season testament to that.

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Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)

Write him off at your peril. Even heading into the twilight of his career at 34, the French World Cup winner is highly regarded by clubs, managers and fellow players.

It looked for all the world that he would be leaving Stamford Bridge last January – and summer – with Italian giants Juventus keen to land the targetman.

However, at Chelsea he remained and – even amid competition from the likes of Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham – he’s regularly chosen to lead the Blues’ line.

As the seasons tick by, the former Arsenal man will expect to become more of a back-up option. But if that is what clubs are in the market for, then they need look no further than Giroud.


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Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan)

Much like a fine wine, former United striker Ibrahimovic just keeps getting better and better with age.

When he departed Old Trafford three years ago and headed to the MLS with LA Galaxy, there are only a select few who didn’t think it was the start of his path towards retirement. Not a chance!

Even at 39, the charismatic Swede remains one of the sharpest shooters in Europe – having scored 25 goals in 33 outings for rejuvenated Italian giants AC Milan this campaign.

It’s a staggering return which has led to Ibrahimovic making a dramatic u-turn on his international retirement ahead of this summer’s delayed European Championships. Maybe, just maybe, he has one more big move left in him.

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