Manchester United, who finished fourth in the English Premier League last season, has signed Netherlands international Memphis Depay this summer, but with Robin van Persie now at Fenerbahce and Radamel Falcao at Chelsea on a season-long loan, the search for a top striker is one of manager Louis van Gaal’s priorities.
Wayne Rooney will be the only first-team striker left from last season’s team when the EPL starts next month. So, United must buy someone to partner Rooney up front. With almost unlimited resources, United can pick and choose from the world’s top talent. Here are three logical choices that could help out Rooney next season:
Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur
Kane, who’s valued at about 45 million pounds, had a breakthrough season last year, which is why United is interested in him. Van Gaal would get a homegrown talent with the potential to lead the line after Rooney retires or even leaves the club.
Signing Kane would be a risk, but it is one United can afford to take, and, after he scored 33 goals last season, he would gel with Rooney easily.
Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain
Cavani, a Uruguay international, has long been linked with Europe’s top clubs after making it clear that he wants a more central role in attack. He might be a little bit easier to sign, but PSG will want most of the 55.6 million pound transfer fee it paid Napoli back in 2013.
Cavani, 28, has a proven scoring record in Italy and France, but concerns remain over his ability to produce in big games. He disappointed in the most recent Copa America.
Karim Benzema, Real Madrid
United reportedly asked about Benzema last month and Madrid said he wasn’t for sale. But with newly-hired manager Rafa Benitez bringing in his own ideas, Benzema might be able to force a switch away from Spain. Benitez wants to put Cristiano Ronaldo as the team’s main striker, which might open up an option for Benzema to leave for United for 40 million pounds.
He played with Angel Di Maria at Madrid and the pair could link up again to help reignite Di Maria’s form after a poor first season at Manchester United.