Summer Transfer Targets: Strikers


By Andy Jones

  • We take a look at the potential summer arrivals in the forward line
  • Vote in our poll after reading about the potential signings

With the season coming to a close, transfer speculation is already rife, with United seemingly linked to any player who has a good game over the last month.

Below, we’ll look at some of the more realistic transfers in the forward line and assess how likely they would be to happen. Assessing what impact they could have on the team, as Jose Mourinho starts to shape the team into one he can believe in.

Antoine Griezmann

The number one target appears to be Antoine Griezmann, of Athletico Madrid. Although he is not an out and out striker in the mould of a Drogba or Ibrahimovic, who Jose has seemed to favour in the past. He would be a fantastic addition to the team.

The French forward has a goalscoring ratio of more than a goal every other game, scoring 60 goals in 108 appearances for the Spanish side, since his move from Real Sociedad in 2014.

The left footed forward can play anywhere across the front three, and his versatility is one of the reasons why Jose is so keen to bring him to the club, with a Martial and Rashford already in the team.

It could hint towards a fluid attacking line up, similar in style to the 2008 season when we were blessed with Ronaldo, Tevez and a ‘peak’ Wayne Rooney.

The price tag for the Euro 2016 top goalscorer is a hefty £85m, but the fact the player is close friends with Paul Pogba could swerve things in United’s favour.

There are reports in the press that the player has already agreed personal terms, and so a move could be imminent.

Potential Impact 9/10 Likelihood 8/10

Andrea Belotti

Another forward who United have been linked with lately, and perhaps less of a stellar name is Andrea Belotti of Torino.

The Italian forward has scored an impressive 27 goals in 32 games for Torino this season. His style of play has been described as “Bullish” leading to comparisons to Gianluca Vialli, and he became the first player since Schevchenko to score 24 goals in Serie A under the age of 24.

The fee would be far less than the kind of figures banded around for other targets, which would make the Italian less of a risk.

Potential Impact 7/10 Likelihood 7/10

Kylian Mbappe

The Monaco team has really caught the eye this season, both domestically, with the team closing in on the league title, and in the Champions League, where they face a tough challenge to come back from a 2-0 first leg defeat to Juventus.

One of the stars of the team is 18 year old Kylian Mbappe.

Now linked with a host of top clubs, he seems to be one of the most sought after young players in world football.

Whether Jose would want another young forward, with Martial and Rashford already in the team remains to be seen. Ibrahimovic is unlikely to stay once he recovers from his cruciate injury, so Mourinho may want a more experienced forward to spearhead the attack.

Mbappe has 15 goals this season for Monaco, so not exactly prolific and with his sky high asking price, this may put United off in favour of more established strikers.

Potential Impact 7/10 Likelihood 4/10

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku is another striker linked with United.

The Belgian international fits the mould of a Mourinho striker, strong, fast and powerful with the ability to hold up the ball, like a Drogba or Zlatan.

Mourinho knows the player well, having worked with him at Chelsea, but the fact the manager let the player leave, might be a stumbling block in any potential transfer.

Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to make the next step to a club at the highest level, and the fact that he shares the same “super” agent as Pogba and Zlatan could be an advantage for United, such is the relationship between him and Mourinho.

Lukaku is proven in the Premier League, and is having his best season in front of goal, bagging an impressive 24 league goals so far this campaign.

Potential Impact 9/10 Likelihood 7/10

Is There Anyone Missing From This List?

Of all the strikers linked with a move to United, the one missing from the list is Dybala from Juventus.

He’d be a perfect fit for the club, but the Argentinian is being groomed as the next Lionel Messi, and a move to La Liga, and most likely Barcelona in the next few seasons would make a move to England incredibly unlikely.

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