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Man United have five striker transfer options as John Murtough begins 2022 transfer hunt



Manchester United’s search for a new striker is reportedly underway as transfer chief John Murtough looks to follow up what was one of the most memorable windows in the club’s history.

The Red Devils were linked with several forwards this summer and ended up bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford in a blockbuster move.

United have a number of potential options to bring in next summer as their search for a new striker gets underway.

According to ESPN, Red Devils’ chiefs are looking into signing a new goalscorer next summer to follow the move for Ronaldo, who agreed a two-year deal.

Edinson Cavani’s deal is due to expire at the end of next season so United will likely be in need of more firepower in attack next term.

So from Erling Haaland to Harry Kane, Daily Express Sport have revealed five options for Murtough to explore.

Robert Lewandowski

Despite recently turning 33, Lewandowski is still as potent as ever, topping the Bundesliga goalscoring charts last season.

The Poland striker is seeking a new challenge away from Bayern Munich though, according to Sky Sports, suggesting he could be on the move next summer with his contract due to expire a year later.

United have previously been linked with a move for Lewandowski, and he is yet to try his hand in the Premier League.

Erling Haaland

It’s well documented that Borussia Dortmund may have no alternative but to let star striker Haaland leave for just £68m next summer due to a clause in his contract.

The Norwegian hitman would be an absolute steal at that price, having scored 63 goals in the 64 games he’s played for Dortmund.

There will be a fierce competition for Haaland if that is the case though, with Real Madrid and Manchester City also said to be keeping tabs on him.

Harry Kane

Tottenham didn’t let Kane get his move this summer, but it remains to be seen if he will be allowed to leave in a little under 12 months time.

The England captain wasn’t available at any price during the recent window, so his likely fee is anyone’s guess.

But if Spurs endure another trophy-less season nobody can blame Kane for having another go at leaving, and a move to United would be an attractive prospect if they can afford him.

Mauro Icardi

With so much attacking firepower at PSG, it’s a wonder how Icardi will get a look in once Lionel Messi and Neymar are fit and raring to go.

The Argentine’s two Ligue 1 goals suggest he can force opportunities in the French capital, but rumours were rife of an exit over the summer.

And it will be interesting to see how things plan out for Icardi in one of the best frontlines football has ever seen.

Seen as potentially Harry Kane’s successor in years to come for England, Calvert-Lewin has been one of the most consistent strikers in the Premier League over the last couple of years.

The 24-year-old has begun the season in red hot form, and surely a possible move to one of the big boys will be on the cards soon.

With three years left to run on his contract this time next year, Calvert-Lewin certainly won’t come cheap, but he is a quality option that can’t be overlooked.


Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag




Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club




Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer




Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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