Manchester United’s summer transfer business could involve a few ‘outside the box’ solutions.
One wildcard name linked is Orlando City striker Daryl Dike.
Dike is on United’s radar, Teamtalk report, after an impressive stint on loan at Barnsley.
Dike is a USA international and just 20-years-old. Barnsley have a £17 million option to buy as part of their loan, but this is only achievable if they win promotion. Currently they sit fifth.
What could Dike offer United?
Dike is a young player with potential, a budget striker option who could blossom into a star of the future.
He produced a match winning performance for Barnsley against Luton on Monday, scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory.
It was the style of Dike’s performance which spoke volumes about what he can offer to clubs, winning eight aerial duels during the encounter.
He now has seven goals in 13 appearances, demonstrating a quick ability to adapt to English football for a young striker.
Dike has played alongside former United star Nani at Orlando City, and the Portuguese star could give the Red Devils the inside track on his signature.
The young striker would be a low cost gamble, who might blossom into a top star in three or four years time. It seems very likely one club will take a gamble on him this summer.
In attack, Dike’s physical presence and quality in the air could give United a valuable plan B.
Finding and settling on a ‘Plan A’ is still a priority, and Dike should not be the sole striker addition for United, as this would put him in an unfair position.
But Dike could prove to be a game changer from the bench, a player who can cause havoc in the opposition penalty area when United are chasing a game, and create space for others.
If United can spare the money to take a punt, Dike could be an intriguing option.
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