Manchester United: 5 Strikers Red Devils Could Still Sign in This Window
Manchester United have one of the strongest squads in the Premier League and one of the most potent attacks in the world.
So why would David Moyes be in the market for another striker?
Because, in essence, one of the best strikers in the world seems destined to leave the club sooner or later.
If Wayne Rooney departs Old Trafford for Stamford Bridge, as has been rumored all summer, then the manager could not be blamed for bringing in another body to compensate for the numerical loss. A more frugal club might be more reluctant to add to an already stellar corps, but Manchester United certainly have the resources to do so.
Let's look at who they might bring in.
This move makes sense on a number of levels.
Suleyman Kerimov has apparently lost a great deal of interest in his superstar aggregation project at Anzhi Makhachkala and plans on dumping some of the club's most prominent wage hogs to clear the way for a youth movement.
Samuel Eto'o's contract pays him a staggering €20 million per season, according to the Telegraph. He will surely not be willing to take much of a pay cut, even to upgrade his surroundings to such an exponential degree, and Manchester United are one of the only clubs in the world that can approach this figure.
Eto'o is 32 years old, but still has a considerable amount of life in his legs. If United acquired him for a heavily discounted fee, or on loan, he could prove to be a very astute signing for a year or two.
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Even casual followers of the Premier League quickly became acquainted with Michu last season. After arriving from Spain for a paltry fee of £1 million, he instantly eviscerated nearly every team that was forced under his boot.
No one can be sure whether Michu will turn out to be a mere flash in the proverbial pan or an enduring star. But his feisty performance against United in the first game of the season, in which he tormented the Red Devils' back line without much assistance, seems to indicate the latter.
The Spaniard is rated at about £25 million, according to Eurosport. That might be a bit pricey for a club that already has Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck, but it is certainly not exorbitant.
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Fellaini is a midfielder by trade, but played in a much more forward role under David Moyes at Everton last season.
If Wayne Rooney leaves, Fellaini is the man for Manchester United to acquire as a replacement if the club does not want to shell out cash for a premier striker when two world-class options are already available for selection.
Fellaini would fill the Red Devils' need for a dynamic, box-to-box midfield force while also providing cover if an injury crisis befalls the current crop of strikers.
And we need not speculate about whether David Moyes will lodge a bid for his former player; he already has—a combined bid for Fellaini and Leighton Baines—which the Mirror notes Everton have slammed as "derisory."
Robert Lewandowski on Loan
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Like Samuel Eto'o, taking on Robert Lewandowski for a short period of time makes a whole lot of sense. In fact, it probably is more logical than acquiring the Cameroonian.
United have been extremely strongly linked with the Borussia Dortmund striker many times in the past, so it is obvious that the move itself is a possibility and that Lewandowski would be able to fit into the current tactical system.
Now, however, he would not sign permanently.
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has publicly admitted that Lewandowski will sign for Bayern Munich when his contract expires at the end of this season, as noted by the Daily Mail. Why don't United take the burden of the striker's wages off of his current employer during a year that could be used to transition toward life without him?
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Hey, I had to mention it somewhere, didn't I?
This is the one transfer that all Manchester United fans ache for—that which taunts them in their dreams with imagined rejoicing, as when an Arsenal fan concocts visions of his club signing a player.
Perhaps Ronaldo will come "home" in a few years, and maybe the likely acquisition of Gareth Bale will force the Portuguese star out in time. For now, though, David Moyes will have to focus on other targets—like those listed here, perhaps.