Not so long ago, Manchester United had one of the most feared strike forces in Europe. At one stage, they could call upon a fully fit and in form Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck. You would have thought that adding Radamel Falcao, one of the most feared forwards in Europe, to their squad would have made things even better.
Unfortunately, that hasn’t proven to be the case. The Colombian hitman has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League. He seems unable to adjust to the pace of football on British shores. With Danny Welbeck at Arsenal and Javier Hernandez at Real Madrid (on loan), The Red Devils suddenly look a little short in this area.
Perhaps Louis Van Gaal will look to redress the balance in the summer transfer window?
This brings me to The Metro‘s claim that Manchester United are now stepping up their interest in Inter Milan’s well-regarded young striker, Mauro Icardi.
The Argentine international has had a fine season and he’s earning a reputation for being one of European football’s brightest sparks. In 37 appearances for Inter Milan, he’s found the back of the net 17 times. That’s not a bad return for a 22-year-old. His all round play isn’t too shabby either. It’s certainly enough to attract the attention of clubs like Manchester United.
As for how much he’d cost, the aforementioned source claims that he could be available for £22m (£1m for every year he’s been alive, I suppose). That’s a lot of money for a player with limited experience, but it would probably represent a decent investment on the part of Manchester United.
Besides, The Red Devils will probably be looking to flex their financial muscles this summer. This could be a good place to start.
What’s your take? Should Manchester United make a move for Mauro Icardi? Do they need to add another striker to their ranks?
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