Manchester United remain active in the transfer market with the search for a striker underway before Friday’s deadline, despite securing a move for Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes’ earlier this week, Sky Sports have confirmed.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who became only the third manager to beat a Pep Guardiola side away from home on two different occasions on Wednesday night, said after the win that the club needs a player who will “break their nose to score a goal.”
United have struggled to create clear-cut chances at times this season and whilst the signing of Fernandes may help bolster the creativity department, Marcus Rashford’s injury, Romelu Lukaku’s departure and Anthony Martial’s recent dip in goalscoring form have created a need for an extra forward.
The Red Devils have been linked with Edinson Cavani, though it’s believed the wages he was requesting at the age of 32 was a road the club no longer wished to travel through. Moves for Leicester City’s Islam Slimani, currently on loan at AS Monaco, and Shanghai Greenland Shenhua’s Odion Ighalo have been rumoured, though neither are inspiring as Solskjær aims to secure Champions League qualification.
“They are in the market for a striker”
Sky Sports News reporter James Cooper has the latest on Manchester United’s #DeadlineDay hopes
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 30, 2020
Away from the striker search, Fernandes has arrived at the club’s training ground and will undergo a medical before completing a €55 million move to Old Trafford. In order for the Portuguese midfielder to be included in Saturday’s clash at Wolves, he would need to be registered as a United player by midday Friday, per Sky Sports. The transfer saga coming to an end will be much to the delight of fans who have witnessed a team without a serious contender for the number ten role in Solskjær’s 4-2-3-1 system.
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