Three reasons a bid for Krzysztof Piatek would be a good idea

The arrival of former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic means AC Milan are willing to sell Krzysztof Piatek this month, according to the Guardian.

They report that Milan will do business if they can recoup the £30 million they paid for the striker a year ago.

Tottenham are among the clubs apparently in the hunt, but are unwilling to pay that price, preferring a loan deal which Milan aren’t keen on right now.

So with United having missed out on Erling Haaland and in need of firepower, here are three reasons why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should join the race.

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He knows where the net is

Piatek has struggled slightly this season, netting just four goals from 18 Milan games.

But in 2018/19, Piatek smashed home 30 goals in 42 matches across all competitions for Genoa and then Milan (Transfermarkt).

Serie A’s tactical, defensive style tends to make life difficult for strikers, but at the age of 23, Piatek was tearing up the division.

United are in need of a prolific centre forward and a genuine alternative to Anthony Martial, who remains inconsistent.

Right age, right price, right profile

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Piatek is still just 24, with plenty of time to improve in line with Solskjaer’s policy to move away from established talent towards those with potential.

A £30 million pricetag may be making Tottenham wince, but that is more than affordable for United, who are frequently quoted astronomical sums for targets.

United know from Piatek’s new team-mate Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku that it takes more than finding the net to be a success at Old Trafford.

As per Goal, Genoa sporting director Giorgio Perinetti said of Piatek: “He’s a finisher but also good technically. He can still improve so much as a player and he has plenty of room to do so.”

“He’s a player who is programmed. He doesn’t feel tension or anxiety.”

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He has an affinity with United

Goal also claim that Piatek had a Manchester United shirt when he was younger, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s name on the back.

They quoted him saying his move to the San Siro was a ‘fairy tale’ and perhaps he could say similar about a switch to Old Trafford.

The number seven shirt adorned by Ronaldo remains vacant…

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.