Manchester United are expected to pursue a marquee striker during the summer transfer window and they are currently weighing up a number of targets.
Here are three elite centre-forward options that manager Erik ten Hag could prefer to sign.
Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur
The England international is currently Ten Hag’s priority target this summer.
The Dutchman clearly values the Premier League experience of the 29-year-old and believes he could transform United into genuine title contenders next term.
Kane’s current deal with Spurs expires at the end of next season and this could open the opportunity for the Red Devils to land him during the next transfer window.
However, a transfer could be difficult with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reluctant to sell to a league rival. There are also suggestions that Kane could run down his deal.
Kane has contributed 26 goals and five assists for the north London club this term. If Spurs are willing to do business with United, he could be signed for £100 million.
Randal Kolo Muani – Eintracht Frankfurt
Kolo Muani has had a tremendous transformation to his career this season. The Frenchman signed for Frankfurt on a free transfer from Nantes last summer. He has been simply brilliant for them.
The 24-year-old has amassed 20 goals and 14 assists from 40 outings. Aside from his goal contributions, he has excelled with his high pressing and ability to win regular ground and aerial duels.
Compared to Kane, he offers more in the final third with his creativity and strong dribbling skills. United may have a clear run at signing him with Bayern Munich no longer in contention.
Frankfurt valued him in the region of £50m before the World Cup break but they are now holding out for £88m. Whether United sign him after just one stand-out season remains to be seen.
Victor Osimhen – Napoli
Osimhen is probably the ideal long-term striker for United. He has similar physical attributes as Harry Kane and also possesses the aerial presence in the box to unsettle opposition defences.
The Nigerian has netted 26 goals in the current campaign alongside five assists. United were unsuccessful with an ambitious swap deal for him last summer but could make a renewed approach.
The main stumbling block towards a deal could be the asking price. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has been a tough negotiator over the years and he values the striker at £133m.
He is prepared to accept bonuses as part of the deal but the big question is whether United will break the bank for the striker. Such a huge outlay could leave them with limited funds for other signings.
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