EXCLUSIVE: Manchester United are rumoured to be plotting a huge move for a striker next summer but could be left short for this season – and Jamie Vardy has been suggested by a former star
Manchester United have been advised by former star Lee Sharpe that Jamie Vardy would be the “ideal” choice this summer as a No.9 at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer currently has Edinson Cavani as his solo option up top, with Mason Greenwood filling in the role for United’s opening day victory against Leeds.
Anthony Martial is still returning to full fitness while Marcus Rashford is currently out after undergoing shoulder surgery, leaving Solskjaer light in numbers in attack.
It is thought that United will attempt to sign Erling Haaland next summer, along with the rest of Europe, as the Norwegian reportedly has a £76million release clause that is active from next summer.
However, although United have plenty of creative options, their choices when it comes to a natural No.9 are slim.
And former United midfielder Sharpe, who was speaking in conjunction with William Hill, told Mirror Sport: “I definitely think they need another goal scorer, I would like them to bring in another striker, a no.9, a goal scorer who can bang in 20/25 goals a season.”
The former England international agreed that United would love to go for Haaland next summer, but showed concern about their options this season: “Obviously Cavani is world-class, we know he’s not going to play every game, every minute.
“The rumour mill is still floating around about Haaland potentially coming next year so that makes you think twice about bringing someone in this summer, but if United are short anywhere, it’s in the No.9 area.”
Sharpe then highlighted that Vardy would be the ideal choice: “Someone like a Vardy, I don’t know if we will get Vardy, but I think he would be an ideal choice for a couple of seasons.”
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The 34-year-old was signed by Leicester in 2012 for just £1million from non-league side Fleetwood Town, and it was a transfer record for a player from that level.
Although the deal raised eyebrows at the time, it has since been referred to as the greatest transfer in football history, as during Vardy’s nine years at the club, they have been promoted to the Premier League before famously winning the title at odds of 5000/1 in 2015/16, and the Englishman has scored 139 top-flight goals.
Vardy has become a Leicester legend but almost left the club in 2016 as he looked set to join Arsenal after the Gunners triggered his £20m release clause, but the Englishman pulled out of the deal as he couldn’t face to leave the club that gave him the opportunity.
It could be a different situation if United came calling for Vardy, and with a film on the forward’s life in production, it would certainly be an exciting ending.
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