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Man United linked with shock move for Espanyol striker Martin Braithwaite

Man United linked with shock move for Espanyol striker Martin Braithwaite

Manchester United have been linked with a shock move for Espanyol striker Martin Braithwaite.

Spanish news publication Marca claims the Red Devils are locked in a two-way race alongside Chelsea in a bid to lure the 32-year-old to the Premier League this month.

United are ‘exploring the possibility’ of completing the move in the final days of the winter transfer window as they look to bolster their goalscoring options.

The Red Devils were recently dealt a massive injury blow, with Anthony Martial sidelined for at least ten weeks after undergoing groin surgery.

Martial’s setback leaves Rasmus Hojlund as the only out-and-out striker in Erik ten Hag’s squad, but United are not expected to replace the Frenchman this month amid Financial Fair Play (FFP) struggles.

Despite the club’s stance, they continue to be linked with several strikers across Europe. Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting have been touted as possible additions.

Bologna hitman Joshua Zirkzee has also been linked with a mid-season move to Old Trafford, but United will have to fork out over €40 million to finalise a deal.

Braithwaite is the latest name to have popped up on United’s radar after netting 12 goals in 22 La Liga2 games for Espanyol this season. 

However, this story probably has no credible foundation and is nothing but fabricated clickbait.

Nothing but rumours

Rumours like these are laughable. They only flatter the player but have no merit. 

Not only have United ruled out making any foray into the winter market due to FFP concerns, but signing a player like Braithwaite makes no sporting or financial sense.

He’s not the calibre of player to lead the line for United, and the Red Devils would be better off sticking Scott McTominay as a centre-forward than splashing €9 million on a Spanish second-division striker.

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