Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Mauro Icardi.
TyC Sports have reported (via Fan Nation) that United and Galatasaray are interested in signing the former Inter Milan striker. The report adds that due to his age and the inquisition of new players, Icardi has now fallen out of favor at PSG.
This would thus present a more accessible opportunity for United, who are looking to secure a bargain for a veteran striker this summer.
The TYC Sports report states:
“Mauro Icardi is on Manchester United’s and Galatasaray’s radar.”
Manchester United’s initial situation is worrying
Old Trafford has been home to some legendary strikers over the years. However, Manchester United’s current attack may simply not be enough to propel the team to their past glory.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, is statistically his best striker at the moment, having finished last season as the club’s top scorer with 24 goals in 38 games. However, the Portuguese has been at the center of controversy all summer due to his stated desire to leave the club.
Coming to the other forwards at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial showed glimpses of his old form during pre-season. However, he unfortunately got injured in the friendly against Atletico Madrid. Counting on Martial for a full season remains a gamble due to his well-documented lack of consistency.
Marcus Rashford, meanwhile, has lost his form since returning from a shoulder injury last October. The England international scored five goals and provided two assists in 32 games last season. His frail performance against Brighton and Hove Albion last week (August 7) was further evidence of his struggles.
Jadon Sancho has still not delivered since arriving last summer, with fans hoping he will explode this season.
Is PSG’s Icardi the right choice for Erik ten Hag?
Icardi was a hot property in European football during his days with Inter Milan. However, his move to PSG was unsuccessful as the Argentine striker scored just five goals in 30 games last season.
He is another out-of-form striker who is expected to cost Manchester United dearly in wages. The club has taken this route before with very little results.
They might be better served by scouting for young talent or other strikers the club can rely on. Erik ten Hag’s team needs a talisman who can lead the team with goals and confidence. A goal-deprived striker like Icardi, who has also had problems off the pitch, is unlikely to be the solution.
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