Manchester United Transfer Rumours: 6 Strikers Linked to Old Trafford

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIMarch 27, 2013

Manchester United Transfer Rumours: 6 Strikers Linked to Old Trafford

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    Manchester United already has seven strikers on their books, yet rumours continue to link the club with various strikers.

    The Red Devils actually have eight strikers on their books if you consider the versatile Wilfried Zaha.

    That list includes Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Angelo Henriquez, Bebe, Federico Macheda and the aforementioned Zaha.

    Nevermind the youngsters who have yet to breakthrough to the first-team.

    Of that list, neither Macheda nor Bebe seem to have a long-term future at Old Trafford.

    Hernandez has attracted plenty of attention and has been linked (per the Daily Mail) with clubs like Juventus.

    For the moment, these are just rumours, and it's difficult to see any of these players joining the club.

    Here are six players who have been linked to Old Trafford this summer.



    *Unless otherwise stated all statistics courtesy of ESPN Soccernet and

Robert Lewandowski

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    According to the Telegraph, Robert Lewandowski favours a move to Manchester United over Bayern Munich.

    Lewandowski's good form over the last few seasons has seen him draw plenty of attention from club's across Europe.

    In 2012-13, the Polish forward has 25 goals and 10 assists in 35 games. 

    Lewandowski is a team player and would have no problem contributing to the Red Devils in that aspect.

    He would have to get used to less playing time, though, as he'll have plenty of quality competition for a starting role.

Jeffrey Schlupp

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    Both and the Telegraph have reported that Manchester United is close to a deal for Leicester City youngster Jeffrey Schlupp.

    After a solid loan spell with League One Brentford in 2010-11, Schlupp became somewhat of a regular in the Leicester setup. 

    He made 26 appearances and scored six goals during the 2011-12 season and has made 12 appearances with one goal in 2012-13.

    The majority of those appearances have come from the substitutes' bench.

Mirko Vucinic

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    Mirko Vucinic has been linked (per Talksport) with a move to Manchester United.

    The Montenegrin striker wouldn't provide the same goal-scoring production as United's current top forwards.

    His best season in the Serie A saw him score 19 goals with Lecce in the 2004-05 season. This season, he has 11 goals and six assists in 34 appearances for Juventus.

    What the Juventus forward would bring is another creative element to the front line.

Heung-Min Son

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    Hamburg star Heung-Min Son has reportedly attracted the interest of Manchester United and Chelsea (via Sky Sports).

    The South Korean forward has been a member of the Hamburg senior team since the 2010-11 season.

    He has shown signs of improvement during this time. His nine goals and one assist in 26 games this season are better than his five goals in 2011-12.

    Should he join United, the 20-year-old forward would not be expected to play a major role.


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    The 21-year-old has long been touted as Brazil's next great export and is expected to move to Europe after the 2014 World Cup.

    One of the Spanish giants, Barcelona or Real Madrid, is expected to sign the talented Santos forward when that time comes.

    Despite Manchester United's reputation, the prospect of moving to English football will not be as enticing as a move to Spain.

Andreas Cornelius

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    Danish forward Andreas Cornelius has been linked (per the Express) with a move to either Arsenal or Manchester United.

    With his 6'4" frame, the FC Copenhagen youngster would be a different player than any forward the Red Devils currently have.

    Cornelius has 18 goals in 35 games during his first full season with Copenhagen.