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Erling Haaland’s new pursuit hits the rock; other alternative for manchester united

Manchester United quits Haaland’s chase

Manchester United has reportedly ended their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s striker. The Red Devils, understanding the peculiarity of their two prolific strikers, Cristiano Ronaldo and Edison Cavani, have taken to the transfer market to hunt for a long-term replacement for the Portuguese international and the Uruguay international, who are both aging. Erling Haaland seemed like the perfect match according to Daily Star after his astonishing scoring form in the Geman Bundesliga. Unfortunately, the German international’s sail seems to be going the Real Madrid way.

Caught Offside believes that there are many quality football players out there who can take up the mantle from both Cristiano Ronaldo and Cavani. We, therefore, take a look at the five most suitable strikers to replace the aging striker at United.

Dusan Vlahovic

Dusan Vlahovic | Erling Haaland

Dusan Vlahovic is a 21-year-old Serbian international who currently plies his trade with Fiorentina. The young Serbian forward has in this season alone found the back of the net 18 times in 20 appearances in all competitions. However, in the 2021 season, the young striker scored 33 goals across all competitions equalling a record set by Cristiano Ronaldo in the Seria A.

CAN confirm that Dusan Vlahovic will likely not be leaving Fiorentina unless clubs cough out his £70million buy-out clause. As it stands, Arsenal is at the forefront to lure the prolific striker into the club with an offer in the region of £45million. However, should United want to land the striker into the Old Trafford, they should be ready to outbid their rival, Arsenal.

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It is noteworthy, according to our source that the striker also has his reservations in this transfer saga. He will be taking a very close look at the clubs and see which of the clubs has a plan that will perfectly fit his playing style and meet his expectations of trophy winnings. Arsenal and Manchester United as it stands, are both struggling and scampering for a place in the top-four this season. A Champions League playing side by next season surely has the signature of the Serbian prodigy. Arsenal is currently in need of a striker to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but United will surely savor the opportunity to resort to Vlahovic as an alternative to Erling Haaland.

Harry Kane

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Harry Kane in a match for Tottenham Hotspur (Photo Credit: Eurosport)

A surprise pop-up in this edition is Harry Kane who is looking for every opportunity to take his career to the next level. Although more established than Erling haaland, Harry Kane is a proven prolific striker who also has the creative ability in the heart of the midfield whenever he drops deep. His addition to the United squad is a no-brainer. Although, the English national team captain was at the brink of switching allegiance last summer, which eventually didn’t materialize.

The forward has since the breakdown of his move away from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, found life difficult at Tottenham after also seeing three different coaches in just a year plus season. His form was badly affected and not until the arrival of Antonio Conte, Kane could only find the back of the net once in close to half of the season. Surprisingly, amidst the saga, the England captain’s form for his country has been exceptional.

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Tottenham will not be willing to sell the striker to a rival club, but United will pull through should they sincerely have an interest in the English international. The deployment of Antonio Conte’s service to the north London side has also restored confidence in the squad, which will also make Harry Kane’s initial imminent departure impossible.

Lautaro Martinez

Lautaro Martinez | Erling Haaland
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Lautaro Martinez has etched his name in marble at Inter after the departure of Romelu Lukaku. Martinez is one of the finest forward that football has experienced in recent times. The young Argentine has been putting up several solid performances after Lukaku and Hakimi were offloaded in the summer as a result of financial trouble the Sa-Siro side is currently having. Although not yet considered to be in the class of Erling Haaland, the striker has been shouldering the responsibilities of finding the back of the nets for Inter this season.

Nonetheless, after offloading the aforementioned players, Inter financial crisis still stares them in the face. Therefore, there is the possibility that the Nezzuri will be looking at the chance of offloading the striker. The inability of Manchester United to get any of the players listed above may eventually lead the Red Devils to weighing-up the option of Lautaro Martinez.

Jonathan David

Jonathan David | Erling Haaland

Manchester United although recently claimed that Jonathan David is not in the same league as the likes of Erling Haaland, so they feel a move for him is too early. However, Jonathan David has been prolific for Liile SC after helping the side to surprisingly win the Ligue 1 title last season. It is however ideal to snap up the young Canadian before he finally discovers his real potential, which will make him expensive for any club side to get.

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Andre Silva

Erling HaalandAndre Silva, 26, earned a big move from  Eintracht Frankfurt to RB Leipzig after a season that saw him find the back of the net 29 times in 34 appearances across all competitions last season. He is one of the most underrated players. The inability of Manchester United to get Erling Haaland could lead to the Red Devils looking the side of Andre Silva.

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