Manchester United consider Burnley striker Wout Weghorst as a short-term fix this winter before signing Victor Osimhen, Benjamin Sesko or Harry Kane in the summer, ESPN report.
The Red Devils recently opened talks with the Clarets over a loan deal for Weghorst but the move is complicated as the Dutchman is currently on loan with Besiktas.
The Turkish outfit have the option to buy the 30-year-old and reports claim that they need to be compensated first such that they can release him to join United.
While this happens, ESPN’s Mark Ogden has revealed that United have ambitious plans for the summer where they are expected to spend big on a marquee centre-forward.
Napoli’s Osimhen is one of three names on their wishlist, but it won’t be easy to prise him away, considering Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be interested.
Meanwhile, Leipzig already a £20 million agreement in place with Red Bull Salzburg to sign Sesko this summer, but it is claimed that United could buy them out of the deal by paying more.
Tottenham Hotspur star Kane is the other name mentioned. The England captain will enter the final year of his contract in July. It is said that United are best placed to sign him.
With Manchester City and Liverpool bringing Erling Braut Haaland and Darwin Nunez last summer, it is reported that the Red Devils could be Kane’s most attractive option.
United’s striker targets could be agent-driven
United are likely to invest on a marquee striker in the summer. Osimhen, Sesko and Kane are quality options but they are centre-forwards with different profiles.
Osimhen is more of a traditional striker who relies on his finishing in the box. Sesko, on the other hand, is much mobile and has caught the eye with his pace and dribbling.
Kane is the complete package when compared to the duo. The Spurs man has transformed himself over recent years with his ability to score as well as contribute assists.
In our view, it is unlikely that manager Erik ten Hag will have his sights on different form of strikers. Hence, the club’s long-term targets are probably agent-driven.
We also don’t like the prospect of Kane joining the club. The Three Lions star has had another top season but he will be 30 by the start of next season and would cost plenty.
This does not represent the vision of Ten Hag. The Dutchman will ideally want a long-term striker for the next decade. Signing Kane for a big fee does not convince us.
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