April 20, 2021

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Top ten strikers by market value as Manchester United make transfer decision

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Manchester United are open to signing a long-term striker.

And while Edinson Cavani has impressed since joining United in October, he is now 34 and the club are yet to extend the one-year option in his contract.

With Anthony Martial netting just twice in his last 15 matches and Mason Greenwood having a testing second season, United are yet to find an out-and-out centre-forward that can be relied upon for regular goals.

It has left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitting the Reds are open to signing a new forward.

If the Reds are looking to bring in an established goalscorer, however, then they will likely be forced to pay a premium.


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With that in mind, here are the top 10 most valuable strikers in the world according to CIES Football Observatory, who recently ranked Marcus Rashford as the most valuable player in the world at €165m, with Mason Greenwood also given a value of over €100m.

Erling Haaland

Borussia Dortmund star Haaland has long been linked with a move to United, having previously worked with Solskjaer at Molde.

He is currently valued at €152m, and is considered the second-most valuable forward in the world after Rashford, but, should he not leave Dortmund this summer, that could well drop due to the presence of a release clause in his contract that comes into force in 2022.

Kylian Mbappe

There is plenty of speculation surrounding the future of French superstar Mbappe, whose contract at PSG expires in 2022.

Time is running out for the French champions to agree a new deal for the 22-year-old and they may face an awkward situation in the summer where they are either forced to sell or risk losing the World Cup winner on a free next year.

He is currently valued at €149.4m.

Joao Felix

Atletico Madrid forward Felix is not as prolific as some players on this list, with 21 goals from 65 appearances since moving to Atleti from Benfica in July 2019.

Yet he is still valued at €141.5m by CIES, perhaps in part due to the fact he became the fourth-most expensive player in history when he signed for Atletico for €126m.

At 21, he can be considered one for the future, but is perhaps not the readymade goalscorer that other players on this list are, having previously earned comparisons with Kaka due to his playmaking abilitiy.

Timo Werner



Chelsea striker Timo Werner

Chelsea summer signing Werner has been given a valuation of €135m. Like Felix, this may be in part down to the fee that the Blues paid for his services last summer after he netted 78 goals in 127 games for RB Leipzig, as he is yet to fully recreate that form at Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old scored just one goal and created three assists in 19 appearances at the start of the season for Chelsea, recently admitting it was the worst period of his career and speculating that Frank Lampard may not have been sacked had he found the net more.

Since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel in January, Werner’s form has improved, but it is difficult to see any club being willing to meet his valuation at the moment.

Harry Kane

Spurs star Kane has been given a valuation of €107m, having enjoyed another prolific season in front of goal.

The forward is contracted to Spurs until 2024 but, due to their underachievement so far this season, there has once again been speculation that he may well look to move in order to win trophies.

His lower valuation than some players who have scored less goals than him may come from the fact he turns 28 this year and has a slight question mark over how often he suffers from injuries.

Lautaro Martinez

Twenty-three-year-old Martinez has flourished at Inter Milan under Antonio Conte, forming an impressive partnership with Romelu Lukaku.

He has won praise for his link-up play and ability to create chances for players and has won comparisons with compatriot Sergio Aguero.

With 15 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions this season, he is not the most prolific player on this list, but has shown his ability to be a regular goalscorer.

Martinez is valued at €105.5m.

Romelu Lukaku

Arguably a player United have never replaced properly, Lukaku joined Inter from Old Trafford in 2019 and has enjoyed an impressive two seasons in Italy.



He has netted 41 goals in 59 Serie A appearances and is valued at €97.6m.

Roberto Firmino

Arguably the most eyebrow-raising valuation on this list, Firmino is valued at €87.4m despite a poor year for Liverpool.

The 29-year-old has scored just six goals in 36 appearances this summer and has not been at his creative best, either, leading to speculation his club may look to replace him in the summer.

Gabriel Jesus

Jesus has been hailed as one of the best back-up strikers in the world thanks to his ability to regularly find the net in his limited amount of appearances for Man City.

The Brazilian has been given a valuation of €83.7m despite some question marks over his consistency when given a long run of games.

Antoine Griezmann

It is fair to say Griezmann’s move from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona in 2019 has not gone entirely to plan.

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Manchester United were denied a penalty in controversial fashion against Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players were furious that Callum Hudson-Odoi wasn’t penalised for a handball, as they had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. The point leaves United 12 points behind leaders Man City, with Crystal Palace the next opponents.

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The French forward was linked with a move to Old Trafford in 2017 but instead opted to sign a new contract due to a transfer ban being placed on Atleti, before he eventually departed fro the Nou Camp two years later.

Yet he has netted just 15 La Liga goals in 58 matches for Barca, often featuring on the left instead of through the middle.

Perhaps due to his age of 29, form and doubts over Barca’s financial situation, he has been given a value of €83.4m.

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