After the departure of Radamel Falcao, Manchester United will be looking to fill the vacant No.9 shirt at Old Trafford.
Man United have been linked with a whole host of striking options, yet Louis van Gaal still does not know who will be leading the line for United on their pre-season tour of the USA.
One particular named being frequently mentioned is Karim Benzema.
As David de Gea’s move to Real Madrid appears inevitable, United are seemingly looking for a player exchange in any deal involving their shot stopper.
Benzema would be the ideal front-man for United. Quick, strong and a proven goalscorer, the Frenchman would add a whole new dimension to United’s frontline.
Reports suggest that Madrid want to keep their main striker but with a new manager in Rafael Benitez, the 27-year-old may need to look for opportunities elsewhere.
Another Frenchman linked to United this summer has been Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette.
Renowned for his pace, Lacazette has already gone on record claiming he would only leave his place of birth for a club in the UEFA Champions League. At just 24 years of age, Lacazette would be a shrewd signing for United and could bolster their chances on all fronts.
Former United striker, Louis Saha feels his fellow countryman would be ideal for the Reds.
Speaking about Lacazette, he said: “Could Lacazette thrive at United? I think so, it’s obvious he’s done really well in France, he’s scored many, many goals because he can threaten behind, he can score from far, he’s a very clever player.”
A striking talent already proven in the Premier League is something a lot of United fans are looking for. Tottenham Hotspurs’ Harry Kane could be seen as the perfect long-term Wayne Rooney replacement and a United No.9 for years to come.
The 21-year-old banged in the goals in his debut season in the Premier League and could be lured to Old Trafford by the possibility of playing Champions League football.
The Englishman signed a new deal at Spurs as recently as February and does not seem ready to leave his boyhood club quite yet. It may be a few years before United fans can call him their own.
Strikers such as Mario Mandzukic and Edinson Cavani’s names have also been thrown around, as seems to happen every summer. With Mandzukic apparently close to a move to Juventus and Cavani reiterating his desire to stay at PSG, United’s options for a new No.9 could be somewhat limited.
United may not have to look elsewhere for their new front-man, with a certain striker showing great deals of promise from the clubs famed youth system.
James Wilson has plied his trade at United since an early age and could be exactly who the fans want as their new No.9.
At just 19, Wilson has supporters calling for him to play a larger part in United’s season and a promotion to a first team regular could see him snag the coveted jersey.
Between now and the end of the transfer window, we can expect many more names to be linked with United. The question still remains; who will follow in the footsteps of the likes Sir Bobby Charlton and Andy Cole to wear the famous shirt?
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