Manchester United are aiming to capture a towering Bundesliga striker as Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement up front, Tottenham are “confident” of securing a big cash deal, while Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip claims Chelsea will look to lend a signing. recent.
TEN HAG HOPE TO HAVE BAYER LEVERKUSEN ACE
Erik ten Hag has drawn up a list of three strikers as potential successors to Cristiano Ronaldo and includes Bayer Leverkusen star Patrik Schick.
Ten Hag is fed up with the Ronaldo saga and apparently wants Manchester United to part ways with the club legend.
Recent reports claim Ronaldo could save his relationship with Ten Hag and, in turn, his Manchester United career, by showing “genuine contrition” for his actions against Tottenham. The Portuguese left the bench and went down the tunnel before the final whistle at Old Trafford.
But Ronaldo is unlikely to apologize for his actions as he feels he should be in Ten Hag’s starting lineup. This sets up the possibility of him leaving Manchester United in the January transfer window.
The Red Devils are linked to Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Atletico Madrid’s João Félix as replacements for the forward.
While Toney may still be in their sights, it looks like Ten Hag is pulling the club away from signing Felix. According to the Daily Mirror, the manager wants a more traditional number nine rather than a smaller striker like Felix, who can play in multiple attacking roles.
Perhaps Ten Hag was impressed by Erling Haaland’s success at Manchester City and wants his own goal machine.
With that in mind, Ten Hag created a three-scorer list, led by Leverkusen’s Schick. The 26-year-old announced himself on the world stage by scoring five goals at Euro 2020 for the Czech Republic. This saw him finish as the tournament’s top scorer, alongside the man he could replace at Manchester United, Ronaldo.
Schick continued that brilliant form by scoring 24 goals in just 27 Bundesliga matches last season. Only Robert Lewandowski found the net more often than he did in competition.
Manchester United prefer the traditional number nine to Felix
The former Roma and RB Leipzig player is struggling to replicate that success this season and has just three goals to go so far. However, he is sought after by Ten Hag at Man Utd, as his exploits from last season speak for themselves.
At 1.80m, Schick is an imposing striker who would cause Premier League defenders a lot of trouble, just like Ronaldo. It’s clear to see how he poses a different threat to the smaller, more rogue Felix.
It won’t be easy or cheap for Manchester United to get Schick, however. He signed a long-term contract with Leverkusen in May, which runs until 2027.
And Leverkusen proved they don’t sell their top stars cheaply, forcing Chelsea to pay £71m for Kai Havertz in September 2020.
Ten Hag has alternatives in case Schick is too difficult to sign. The first is Jonathan David from Lille.
He is arguably in the shape of his life, having scored nine goals and three assists in 12 games this season.
David was recently named on Graham Potter’s Chelsea wish list. Because of this, Manchester United may have to fight Chelsea for him.
The Red Devils’ third striker option is Lyon’s Moussa Dembele. His contract ends at the end of the campaign, and as such, he may be the cheapest of potential targets.