Louis Van Gaal has got tongues a-wagging, and Manc hearts a-fluttering when he said that Manchester United were pursuing an unnamed striker to provide competition on Wayne Rooney.
“It’s not the striker that the media has written about”, the Dutchman told a gaggle of reporters. “You have to wait and see. The transfer period is open until August 31. You have to wait”.
LvG: “We have Rooney, he can play in strikers’ position. Also Chicharito and maybe Wilson and maybe there comes a surprise. It’s a process.”
— Rahul Singh (@forevruntd) July 18, 2015
Who could this mystery man be? We’re taking a look at the leading candidates…
After a disgustingly good breakout season, England’s great white hope could be hoovered up by LVG.
United traditionally love filling their squad with the hottest young English talent, and the Spurs star certainly fits that bill. Whether they can part with enough cash to tempt Daniel Levy into selling remains another story.
According to Cavani’s agent Walter Guglielmone (great name btw), the handsome Uruguayan has “received interest from big clubs who are looking for a centre forward”. United qualify for both points, and could be the ones to make a big-money move for the PSG star, who is said to clash with Zlatan Ibrahimović in Paris.
Sure, sure, the big Belgian is shortly about to have his medical ahead of a move to Liverpool, but just imagine the Scouse seethe if United nip in with a better offer.
Paying £32.5m for what is essentially a wind up to Scousers ‘is’ quite a lot of money, mind…
Back in the halcyon days of the spring when Chelsea were boring their way to another Premier League title, there was a lot of noise about Robert Lewandowski moving to Manchester.
Those rumours have popped up again, but it’s tough to see the big Pole wanting to leave Pep Guardiola in Munich. Or, for that matter, Pep letting him go.
In the past few days, a slew of press reports have linked the roaming, devious German with a move to Old Trafford. According to the Guardian, the 25-year old is another Bayern star that could join LVG in Manchester, while there were reports of a falling out with Pep last spring. Like Muller (and most humans), this one could have legs.
It’s not got the earth-shattering allure of a Cavani or Lewandowski, sure, but the unsettled Baggie could be the perfect addition to the United firing line if LVG can instil a little discipline. Young, talented, (relatively) cheap and capable of playing across a front three – what’s not to like?
Ah, you lot can dream can’t you?
Look, LVG did say “it’s someone who hasn’t been written about in the papers”. And unless we’re mistaken, we’re yet to see the big lad linked with United. Until this morning, that is.