One of Manchester United's top priorities this transfer window is to add a top-flight striker to their ranks. Zlatan Ibrahimovic far exceeded expectations last season and wound up suffering a major injury late in the campaign. Marcus Rashford has all the makings of a future great, but Jose Mourinho would like to have someone a bit more polished than Rashford (and less injured than Ibrahimovic). Atletico's Antoine Griezmann appeared to be that guy, but that deal seems to have fallen through. Where should the Red Devils look now?
Here are five candidates they should consider.
The Lyon forward seems like the odds-on favorite to join United. His deal to join Atletico fell through due to Atleti's transfer ban being upheld, so the next logical destination would be Manchester. Lyon seem prepared to part ways with him, so there's not a big issue there. Man U want a proven goal-scorer, and Lacazette fits that bill with 37 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions. Although, given how public Lacazette's availability is, United might face competition from other teams looking for his signature. Good thing money isn't an issue for them.
With a hefty €100 million release clause, Belotti is a gamble. He's had one stellar season, but what a season it was. The 23-year-old scored 28 goals in 38 appearances with Torino in the 2016/17 season, putting him on the radar of every club looking for a scoring threat. That release clause is enormous though, and even a club with United's financial strength might balk at that number. If he can match his Serie A performance in the Premier League the payment will be irrelevant. If he flops, it'd be a big pill to swallow. If United can convince Torino to meet them in the middle, it'd be best for all parties involved.
Mourinho's already had a look at Lukaku back in the Chelsea days, but the Belgian forward has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few seasons. A bulldozing threat with a lethal eye for goal, Lukaku basically carried Everton single-handedly with 25 Premier League goals last season. Everton will likely hold out to milk every penny that they can for their star striker, which is well within their rights. Reports suggest that Chelsea are interested in Lukaku, too, so we could have a bidding war on our hands.
Morata's still biding his time trying to break through at Real Madrid and could be ready to assert himself as "the man" somewhere else. And if Real Madrid manage to swoop Kylian Mbappe, Morata will almost certainly be on the move. Mourinho is also familiar with Morata, having coached the Spaniard at Real Madrid years ago. Morata showed his quality during a loan spell at Juventus before being recalled to Madrid this past season. After a fairly nondescript season, he could put his stamp on the global front leading the line at United.
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Dortmund don't have a manager at the moment and the team looks as though it could use a revamping. If there was ever a time for Aubameyang to be on the move, it's now. He's one of the world's most prolific strikers, clocking in with a whopping 40 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions last season. What's even more amazing is that he has room to grow, as he can sometimes be wasteful with chances that he's given. Imagine the number of opportunities he'd have at his feet with Paul Pogba feeding him in Manchester, though. Auba might be holding out for a dream move to Real Madrid, but settling for Manchester wouldn't be a tragedy.
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