Manchester United scouts watch in-form Rennes striker Martin Terrier
Manchester United scouts have reportedly recently watched in-form Rennes striker Martin Terrier, according to 90min.
The 25-year-old Frenchman scored 21 goals in Ligue 1 last season, which was only bettered by his fellow countrymen Wissam Ben Yedder (25) and Kylian Mbappe (28).
Rennes number seven has continued his fine goalscoring form into the 2022-23 campaign with him netting 11 goals from 18 games, as well as laying on four assists.
Having scored three goals during this season’s Europa League campaign, like United, Les Rouge et Noirs go into the sixth matchday hoping to clinch top spot with qualification to a play-off already assured.
Terrier’s eight goals in Ligue 1 can only be bettered by Jonathan David (9), Neymar (10) and Mbappe.
Manchester United scouts watch Martin Terrier
Terrier’s 21 goals last season was only three shy of United’s top scorer across all competitions Cristiano Ronaldo.
With the 37-year-old likely to call time on his second chapter at Old Trafford over the next eight months, Erik ten Hag’s priority is likely to be focused on signing a new marksman.
The Red Devils failed to replace Edinson Cavani during the summer and with fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial struggling to stay fit, the twenty-time league champions have looked light on options upfront.
Like Martial, Terrier will have aspirations and hopes of securing a place in Dider Deschamps 26-man Les Bleus squad for the 2022 World Cup, which kicks off in Qatar this month.
Terrier is yet to be called-up to the senior France side and while Deschamps has an embarrassment of attacking riches to choose from, Terrier will be hoping he’s done enough to warrant a spot on the plane to the Middle East.
According to 90min, Rennes would demand a club-record fee in the excess of £30m for their prized asset whose contract expires in 2026 and is approaching his prime years.
Nearly half of the teams in the Premier League have reportedly scouted Terrier.
While a January move would be unlikely given United’s record outlay during the summer transfer window, a move in eight month’s time might not be out the question, especially if Terrier can surpass his impressive tally from last season.