Manchester United are prioritizing a world-class No.9 over ANY other endeavor this summer, with a young striker also on the agenda… with further squad upgrades to be funded by player sales
- The club see the signing of an elite striker as crucial to Erik Ten Hag’s long-term plans
- Mail Sport understands Man Utd are focusing on a young striker to build unity
- Other summer additions expected to be funded by player sales
Manchester United’s No.1 priority this summer is to acquire an elite striker to lead their attack next season.
Mail Sport understands United are pursuing plenty of options to lead their line in 2023-24, prioritizing a striker over reinforcements in other areas.
Napoli’s Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen are among the names who have been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer. Erik Ten Hag has been searching for a new leader since the acrimonious departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in November.
The club opted for a short-term solution in the January transfer window and took Wout Weghorst on loan for the rest of the season, but the 30-year-old failed to make a name for himself. He will return to parent club Burnley.
With goal-shy Weghorst and injury-prone Anthony Martial as the only two options up front, much of the goalscoring burden fell on Marcus Rashford, who responded to record his highest-scoring season.
Marcus Rashford has recorded a career-high 30 goals in 55 appearances in all competitions
Harry Kane, 29, will soon enter the final year of his contract with Tottenham
Victor Osimhen was crowned Capocannoniere after being Serie A top scorer with 25 goals
The 25-year-old has scored 30 times in all competitions, more than double Bruno Fernandes’ second-best tally of 13. Martial scored nine in another uneven campaign, while Brazilian winger Antony netted eight times in his first season with the club.
As a result, a great striker is key to Ten Hag’s continued success with the club and is the main priority for this summer.
Along with the demand for a leader, the club are also said to be determined to acquire a young striker to further bolster their attacking options.
Reinforcements at centre-back as well as in goal will be funded by money generated from player sales. Sports Mail understands that United’s transfer strategy must focus primarily on the final third, with additional inflows dependent on outflows.