Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United was the transfer Manchester United badly needed.

The Portuguese is now on his way to complete his move to Old Trafford, BBC Sport confirmed.

This will leave a couple of day left for the club to bring in a striker, to help add competition and provide cover for Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial, with Marcus Rashford out injured.

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Who is the best case scenario?

The top option for United would be Real Madrid’s out of favour front man Luka Jovic.


Jovic has not clicked at Real so far under Zinedine Zidane and has scored just one goal.

This has been a surprise after he netted 27 for Eintracht Frankfurt last season including 10 in the Europa League.

At just 22, the striker is well worth taking a gamble on, if Real are willing to let him leave on loan or even permanently.

Bleacher Report reported in December that United are keen on Jovic and were monitoring his situation.

This is probably a bit too over optimistic though, with Zidane telling Marca earlier this month he still viewed Jovic as having an important future at Real.

Alternative options

A move for Edinson Cavani of PSG is considered only to be a long shot due to the wages he is demanding.

The 32-year-old is most likely heading to Paris Saint-Germain, report The Mail.

A report from Spanish outlet Cadena Ser yesterday reported Maxi Gomez is wanted by United.

This though was described as most likely for the summer, with Valencia only signing him last July.

Krzysztof Piatek of AC Milan was also said to be an option, according to The Athletic. At present it looks like he could be heading to Hertha Berlin, Sky Sports report, unless United make a late move.

Another option is Leicester City’s Islam Slimani, who could be available on loan. He has scored seven goals at Monaco this season on loan and this deal could be cut short, Sky Sports report.

We wrote earlier this week how Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose would be a sensible option, although this is not a deal thought to be on United’s radar at present.

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Important to get somebody

With Jovic an optimistic long shot, there is no standout option right now.

United have left this way too late, and this has meant options are thinner than would be ideal.

It might be a case of settling for Slimani, and while not ideal, we would rather get him in on a loan deal than miss out on signing a striker at all.

Otherwise we will just be an Anthony Martial away from just relying on 18-year-old Mason Greenwood for the next few months.

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