What a situation Manchester United find themselves in. The club are desperate to sign a striker and are looking at temporary options.
Marcus Rashford’s injury has piled the pressure on the board to find a solution. Could Islam Slimani be the answer?
The Mail report United have enquired with Leicester City over a possible loan deal.
Slimani is currently on loan at Monaco, and it would reportedly cost United £4 million to sign him until the rest of the season.
This is the market United are in right now. Top quality options are scarce, and clubs are making ridiculous demands for players who might not be good enough.
Slimani failed at Leicester after being signed as cover for Jamie Vardy by Claudio Ranieri in 2016.
He does have some redeeming qualities. He scored 31 goals for Sporting in 2015/16.
In two years at Leicester he netted 13 Premier League goals. He has been loaned around since.
Two Januarys ago he was loaned to Newcastle, and in a warning for Old Trafford chiefs, he did not adjust, struggled with injuries, and made just four appearances, failing to score.
He scored five goals on loan at Fenerahce last season and has seven in 14 games so far for Monaco this campaign, so he’s in a moment where he has a bit of form and confidence.
We need somebody
Slimani, 31, is not an ideal option for Manchester United by any stretch.
But we do need somebody. Otherwise the club risk damaging Mason Greenwood’s long-term future by overplaying him now.
Given a choice between Slimani and nobody, we would take it, but there have to be better options around.
United’s board have big questions to answer after allowing the club to get into this situation.
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