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·1 October 2022

Man Utd: Ten Hag 'wants to strengthen' key position at Old Trafford

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Manchester United are ‘looking at’ bringing in a new striker over the coming months, according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth.

The Red Devils were linked to several attacking targets over the summer, but new manager Erik ten Hag was unable to bring anyone in during his first transfer window at the helm.

United lost experienced forward Edinson Cavani on a free transfer following the conclusion of 2021/22, while five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo made his desire to depart the club clear.

As a result, Ten Hag was believed to be in the market for a forward and cast his eye over several intriguing candidates.

Reliable Sky Sports Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg disclosed back to July that United were interested in signing Brian Brobbey from RB Leipzig and Sasa Kalajdzic of Stuttgart.

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However, the pair moved to Ajax and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively, leaving the 20-time English champions to focus their attention and resources on alternative options.

The Daily Mail also reported that United were one of several sides closely monitoring the situation of Benjamin Sesko before he sealed a switch that will take place in 2023 from Red Bull Salzburg to Leipzig.

What has Sheth said about Man Utd?

Despite Ronaldo staying put at Old Trafford, he is expected to depart next summer, and Sheth has informed GiveMeSport that there is a ‘feeling’ United remain keen to sign a striker.

He said: “The striking position is something I think that they are looking at because we do know that they looked at the likes of Sasa Kalajdzic, who ended up at Wolves, Benjamin Sesko, from RB Salzburg, who’s still at Salzburg but will move to RB Leipzig next summer.

“So, I think there is that feeling that Manchester United want to strengthen in that area.”

Who could Man Utd sign?

United were also tentatively credited with an interest in Napoli’s talisman Victor Osimhen in the previous window, and they could revive their pursuit in the near future.

Italian outlet CDS (via the Manchester Evening News) claimed that the Azzurri were willing to allow the Nigeria international join Ten Hag’s charges if certain criteria were met.

It’s claimed that Napoli were insisting any deal for Osimhen included an obligation to buy him for €100 million (£86m) at the end of it and they received Ronaldo on loan.

That move obviously never came to fruition, but United could well revisit a move for Osimhen as they look to bolster their depleted forward line.

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