Is there a possible option in Spain who can solve Manchester United’s striker problem?
Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose may be available and it might make sense for United to look at him as a late transfer window option.
United need a new striker after Marcus Rashford suffered a back injury which could keep him out until April [Telegraph]. That leaves the club with only Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.
Sociedad’s Willian Jose could be affordable and has the ability to help United out.
What’s the situation?
Last week it appeared former United boss Jose Mourinho was close to bringing Willian Jose in as a Tottenham signing.
This has led to Spurs switching their attention to PSV’s Steven Bergwijn, who is more versatile and can play both up front and out wide, ESPN report.
This leaves the door open for another club to move for Willian Jose, and £21 million is not a fee which should be beyond United.
What could he bring to United?
Willian Jose has scored eight goals in 20 La Liga games this season. Only seven players in the division have netted more.
Last season he struck 11 goals and provided five assists, and the year prior, 15 goals and four assists.
That’s 34 goals in the past two-and-a-half seasons plus nine assists, which is not bad for a striker who United would not necessarily need to be first choice.
He’s not a natural fit for United’s system, but that’s also reason for the club to consider him, to provide a different approach.
Willian Jose is a physical striker, who would offer United a threat from set pieces the club do not currently possess.
United’s play is often too predictable, especially against teams which like to sit deep. Willian Jose would give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a fresh option and give us better luck of trying to break some of these sides down.
The Brazilian has a release clause of 60 million Euros but Sociedad are not looking for that to be paid.
At 28, he offers more long term upside than Edinson Cavani, 32, who would require higher wages, and he could help Mason Greenwood develop while not blocking his development long-term.
There is no word to say United are planning a bid for Willian Jose, so we do not expect this one to happen necessarily.
However this is the type of deal United should look to be thrashing out over the next week.
A new striker is needed, and it is hard to find quality ones who are available at this late stage of the transfer window. United need to pull something out of the bag.
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