Paul Scholes called out Manchester United’s player recruitment this week when he criticised the club’s ageing strikers.
Scholes told BT Sport he felt it ridiculous that United’s best strikers were 34 and 36 years old.
Edinson Cavani is set to leave at the end of the season when his contract expires, and so United need to look for alternatives.
Cristiano Ronaldo could conceivably grow restless at United if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.
So it makes a lot of sense for United to be looking at Dusan Vlahovic, reported by The Mail.
Vlahovic the top Haaland alternative
While Erling Haaland is Europe’s most wanted young striker, Dusan Vlahovic is a strong number two.
Vlahovic is enjoying a terrific season for Fiorentina, with 12 goals in 14 games.
Last season Vlahovic struck 21 goals for Fiorentina, and his Serbia side recently stunned Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in World Cup qualifying.
Vlahovic is valued at £70 million, reports The Mail, a fair price for a top young striker who could become one of the stars of next year’s World Cup.
Fiorentina are unlikely to wait until after the tournament to cash in, due to Vlahovic’s contract which expires in 2023.
The United links were inevitable at some stage, but taking into account Cavani’s expiring deal, a move for a striker makes some sense. The report claims United have been watching him.
Whether the choice to spend £70 million on a striker is wise, is another matter, considering the need to reinvest money into the team’s midfield.
The point stands that Ronaldo is only a short-term solution even if he stays, and Vlahovic is a tempting option.
The Serbian is strong in the air and quick with his feet, and was recently praised by international teammate Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Milinkovic-Savic told FIFA: “Good? He’s not good, he’s outstanding. I’m quite certain the stats would back that up, considering his age. However, I think he’s the type of player who still gets annoyed when he doesn’t play well, so he’s definitely going to get better and get the world talking about him.
“In both training and matches, he never takes it lightly when he misses a chance, so he has a hunger for scoring goals and winning. I like how he wants to prove himself, so I think he’s bound to become one of the greats.”
The chance to play alongside and learn from Ronaldo could be marketed to Vlahovic as a reason to sign, rather than a reason against. But it will only make sense if United fix other areas of the team first.
The final decision will rest on the manager, whoever that may be. So all transfer rumours must be taken with a firm pinch of salt, considering the uncertainty in United’s dugout right now, which could last into next summer.
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