Lacazette, Belotti, Morata or Lukaku? Which striker should Man United sign?
Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) – AC Milan are pushing to get a deal for Morata over the line, but United are ready to swoop in and steal the Spain international away to Old Trafford. Milans offer of £48m could be easily matched by the Red Devils, and seems good value for a player who has impressed in both Spain and Italy, and is still just 24-years-old.
He is a less consistent goalscorer than all Uniteds other targets, having reached the 20-goal mark just once in his career this season with Real. But while his 15 and 12 goal hauls with Juventus seem modest, his all-round ability earned praise and he was a key figure under Max Allegri.
Morata has all the makings of a forward who would excel under Mourinho, impressing with his hold-up play and willing to do the required defensive work, whilst still offering a threat in the final third. He might not be as flashy as original target Griezmann, but signing Morata could prove a shrewd move. 4 Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyonnais) – The 26-year-old France international has long been touted as one of Europes most promising strikers, and on the back of his third successive season of scoring at least 20 goals, it appears he is living up to his reputation.
Doubts remain about Lacazette though. He has been scoring his goals in Ligue 1 which is still considered weaker in relation to the Premier League and 10 of his 28 league goals this season came from the penalty spot. On top of that, he has scored just one goal in 10 appearances for France, leading to questions about his true quality at the top level.
Of all the options, he is likely to be the cheapest for United to sign, and Lacazette seems to be keen on a transfer this summer especially to England. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) Andrea Belotti (Torino) – The youngest of all Uniteds targets, at 23, signing Belotti would also be the most risky move for the Red Devils. He scored a modest 12 goals in the 2015/16 season, but burst into life in 2016/17 netting 28 goals in 38 games in all competitions. He also made his Italy debut in August, and scored three goals in five international appearances before the turn of the year.
For a player with just one season of truly world class performances to his name, Belottis £86m release clause seems remarkably high, but nowadays that seems the going rate for a prolific goalscorer with youth on his side.
His main strength is his decisiveness in front of goal, having scored 26 league goals from just 49 shots on target. Impressively, just two of his strikes were from the penalty spot, and Belotti proved he is a complete striker by scoring well with every part of his body; 11 goals with his right foot, five with his left, and 10 with his head. 4 4 Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow with Antoine Griezmann now unlikely to move to Old Trafford this summer.The Atletico Madrid striker has made it clear he intends to stay with the LaLiga side due to their transfer ban – ending Jose Mourinho’s attempts to sign him.With that deal off the cards, United have adjusted their sights onto other targets – with four strikers lined up.They are: Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon, Torino’s Andrea Belotti, Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.But, which striker would be best for the Red Devils? talkSPORT compare and assess the four forwards and discover which man would be best for Mourinho and Co.See the results by clicking the right arrow, above… 4