Manchester United are interested in the young Argentine striker Mateo Retegui, but face competition from clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
This is reported by the French team Jeunes Footeux, which claims that fifteen clubs are currently watching the striker.
Retegui is just over halfway through a two-year loan at club Atletico Tigre, having scored 23 goals in all competitions last season.
He has already scored three times in two games this campaign, putting Tigre above Retega’s parent club Boca Juniors at this early stage.
Strong in the air and proficient with either foot, the striker is a constant threat to the goal, at the same time he has the strength and skills to restrain several defenders and tie up the game.
It was this combination of talents that led to such an interest in a player whom Boca Juniors apparently had little interest in accounting when they loaned him out.
Azul y Oro even gave Tigres a modest purchase option in a deal worth only 2.5 million euros, although in this case they would have acquired only 50% of the player’s shares.
However, Tigres will make a huge profit from the player if he continues his productive form.
Unfortunately, United has a habit of avoiding deals involving multiple parties.
They are known to have neglected their interest in Moises Caicedo when he was valued at just 6 million euros during his stay in Ecuador.
The Brighton & Hove Albion star will now be worth more than 85 million euros, which could well have discouraged the Red Devils from following the chase last summer.
However, it may well be that United have learned from this and, given Eric ten Haga’s love for South American players, may see value in adapting their strategy in the future.
As a versatile, genuine number nine, Retegi could present a cheaper alternative to players like Viktor Osimhen or Harry Kane in the summer as Ten Hag looks to continue his revolution at Manchester United.