Connect in the back of the net

Manchester United’s top target is to transfer Spain’s Alvaro Morata as their main center forward. Ibrahimovic is leaving due to a cruciate ligament knee injury.

After United’s wasteful last season and Ibrahimovic out of action since April 20 against Anderlecht, they have been keeping focus on Morata.

 

More affordable

He is seen as the best pick as Belotti and Lukaku are way too much money. Morata is valued around £50 million.

However, United is likely to get the main centre-forward at less than the £100 million Everton are offering for Lukaku or the 100 million euros (£87 million) Torino is putting forth in an attempt for Belotti.

Fortunately this summer, the club has also lost interest in Antoine Griezmann. The attempts to sign the Frenchman were shut down.

 

Not what United are looking for

Anyone watching the France international play often can agree, he’s a striker with a remarkable goalscoring rate, finding the net 83 times in 160 games since signing for Atletico Madrid in 2014.

However, he doesn’t fit for the mould of a centre-forward the way Drogba or Ibrahimovic do.

“Griezmann is more like Mesut Ozil or Oscar”, according to Dawson of espnfc.com.

As Ibrahimovic’s long term status with the team is speculated, Mourinho must zeros in on strikers that fit his type. He must look at Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata from his time at the Bernabeu and sees he is a more proven centre-forward than the Belgium striker.

 

The best pick out of the reported targets

Lukaku, despite scoring 25 Premier League goals last season, would be wasteful. Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, a back-up option, has not fully convinced people he’s ready for United’s recruitment.

It has to be Morata.

Although he only managed 27 goals in two seasons in Turin and was replaced by Higuain, who got 32 last season; Morata is able to lead the line by himself. He can hold the ball, bring others into the game, and stretch defences with runs into the channels.

The striker’s role is about more than just goals.

 

Written by Jenna Marie Betz

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