Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag has publicly stated many times that he lacks attacking firepower up front and needs reinforcements in January.
But due to the uncertainty surrounding the Glazers and the summer hype, United had to wade through the loan market to find a scorer.
The best they could achieve was to lure Woot Weghorst away from Burnley. But the club has reportedly decided that this will be the last time they will make a temporary decision.
United have a short list of strikers they are targeting next summer, and the names that most often go around are Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen from Napoli.
Osimhen is the main goal of United
As reported by The People Person, Ten Hag likes the idea of using the impetuous Nigerian in attack, but the transfer of the top scorer of Serie A will cost much more than the transfer of the England national team.
United were interested in acquiring the Napoli hitman, but his gigantic price tag and the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo remained in place meant that this step was never implemented.
Next summer, there is a feeling that Napoli cannot afford to keep the in-demand striker, who is also unlikely to extend the current contract.
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While Napoli’s score remains high, Real Madrid are also in the race, and Carlo Ancelotti is said to really like the idea of Osimhen’s move to the Bernabeu.
RAI journalist Ciro Venerato, in an interview with La Domenica Sportiva, transmitted by Mondo Napoli, said: “If the representatives of Osimhen or the footballer show a desire to get a new experience elsewhere, Napoli can sell it for very large sums of 120 or 140 million euros. .
“Many top clubs are interested in the Nigerian: first of all, Real Madrid, because Carlo Ancelotti is crazy about him, then Manchester United, Tottenham (if Harry Kane leaves) and Chelsea.
His salary will also skyrocket, which will be difficult to ignore, given that Napoli cannot come close to such a salary.
United vs Real for Osimhen
“Napoli spoke to Roberto Calenda, an Italian agent who has been working with Osimhen’s family for years: an appointment set at the end of the season, so that Osimhen can remain calm and serene until the end of the season.
“Meanwhile, the club informed the prosecutor that it is ready to reach 7 million euros a year and thereby “violate” the ceiling of 3 million per season.”
The journalist also added that the leaders of Series A are also monitoring potential replacements if their worst fears come true before the next season.
“Napoli, look around, you’re actually thinking of Walid Cheddir from Bari, Gianluca Scamacca from West Ham, Beto from Udinese, Jonathan David from Lille and Youssef En-Nesiri from Sevilla.”