Man Utd need to buy new striker as Rangnick makes ‘obvious’ claim, but could they really land Haaland in a mega transfer?

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Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has spoken candidly about the club’s need for a new striker this summer, with Europe’s biggest clubs expected to be involved in a rush to transfer Erling Haaland.

The Red Devils are longtime admirers of the Norwegian striker but can they really land him?

What did Rangnick say?

“It’s obvious [that United need a striker]. Edinson’s contract expires this summer and the club need the best possible centre-forward. I think everyone is aware of that.”

How is the Man Utd striker’s situation at the moment?

Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly the No.1 striker at Old Trafford, with Edinson Cavani also having been used at times, under the German and also his predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Both are at the end of their careers, however, with Cavani’s contract expiring in the summer of 2022 after agreeing to stay on for one more season.

Ronaldo is under contract at Old Trafford until 2024, with the possibility of extending it for a further year, but he is not a viable long-term solution, given that he has just turned 37.

Anthony Martial, meanwhile, is on loan at Sevilla and it remains unclear if he will make the first-team for the 2022-23 season, and Mason Greenwood is currently suspended by United amid rape allegations and of aggression.

England international Marcus Rashford is an option for the striker role although he has mainly been used as a wide striker, with the attacking left arguably his best position.

United have struggled for goals of late, with their poor finish seeing them crash out of the FA Cup as well as losing points to Burnley in the Premier League.

The Red Devils’ league tally of 37 goals is worse than all but one of the five teams above them, with Arsenal having scored 34.

What’s up with Haaland?

It seems certain a number of clubs will be looking to sign Haaland this summer, with United, City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and PSG all having been linked with him at various stages over the past 12 years. last months.

It’s unclear what Haaland’s preference is when it comes to his next club, and staying at Dortmund remains a possibility and hasn’t been ruled out by the Norwegian.

The 21-year-old revealed on January 14 that he felt Dortmund were pressing him to make a decision on what he planned to do this summer.

Haaland’s contract, meanwhile, expires in 2024, although there are reports he has a €75m (£63m/$85m) release clause which can be activated in 2022.

OBJECTIVE view | Charlotte Duncker, Man Utd correspondent

“Haaland is a player who has been on United’s radar for a long time and during the January 2019 transfer window it was believed he might be on the way, only for a deal to fall apart over agent demands.

“As Rangnick says, United are in the market for a striker this summer and he remains on their wishlist. However, with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City keen on the striker, it seems unlikely that he moves to Old Trafford.

“Haaland has said many times that he wants to win trophies and right now United don’t seem like a safe bet for that.

“Manchester City would be a better option for this reason, while there are also problems between United and Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola.

“If City make a move for him it could mean Harry Kane, who Pep Guardiola’s side tried to sign last summer, enters the equation.

“United are long-time admirers of the England international and he’s the one who could be seen as potential for the summer.”

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