Although top target Harry Kane may be out of reach, Manchester United is trying to bolster their attacking ranks this summer and has a marquee striker on their wishlist.
A significant No. 9 is still Manchester United’s top target this summer as they try to solve their goal-scoring problems.
The Red Devils had a successful season, finishing in the top four and winning a trophy, but they still have problems. Erik ten Hag’s squad needs improvement in a number of areas, but it’s crucial that he adds a striker who will relieve Marcus Rashford of the responsibility of scoring.
Although Harry Kane’s Tottenham contract is rumored to be coming to an end, other options are also being considered. Ten Hag spent more than £200 million in his first year and could need a similar amount of money if he wants to catch up to Manchester City, who are his neighbors.
Here’s the latest transfer news from Old Trafford.
‘Unrealistic’ Kane move axed
The club have abandoned their pursuit of Kane after refusing to match Daniel Levy ’s demands for the Tottenham striker.
Kane was at the top of the Red Devils’ summer transfer shortlist with a big-name striker among Erik ten Hag ’s priorities. The England captain was thought to be a realistic prospect due to him having just a year remaining on his contract in North London.
However, a switch to Old Trafford now appears highly unlikely. According to The Guardian, the Red Devils have pulled out of the race for his signature.
The reason for that decision is that the club hierarchy feel that the fee that Spurs would demand for Kane’s signature is ‘unrealistic’. Tottenham chairman Levy is keen to hold onto his services and would be willing to run the risk of him leaving on a free next summer at the end of his contract.
Club given green light to alternative
Despite being set to miss out on Kane, the Red Devils have been given a green light to go in for Dusan Vlahovic, with Juventus going back on earlier claims he was not for sale.
Serbian striker Vlahovic only joined Juve in January 2022 after impressing with Fiorentina. He had previously attracted interest from the Premier League, with Arsenal particularly keen, and has more recently emerged as a potential back-up with United opting against a move for Harry Kane.
Arsenal wonderkid on radar
Ethan Nwaneri, the Premier League’s youngest ever player, is considering quitting Arsenal for a Premier League rival.
When Nwaneri, at 15 years and 181 days old, entered the game as a substitute during Arsenal’s 3-0 victory against Brentford in September, he made history. Later this month, the midfielder’s school-age registration expires, and it is yet unknown whether he will sign a new deal.
If Nwaneri decides to leave the Emirates, Chelsea, Manchester City and United are all waiting to sign him. Mikel Arteta is keen for the talent to commit his future to Arsenal after singing his praises following his record-breaking appearance.