Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has reportedly urged Manchester United to acquire a new No9 striker. The Red Devils are currently targeting Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, with the North London side demanding £100m for their talisman.
With the possibility of the club being sold to Sheikh Jassim for a £5.5bn takeover looming, United could soon have the financial resources to make such a move. United players have reportedly called for the Glazer family to sell the club in a bid to end the negative atmosphere and attract world-class signings to bolster the squad.
Ten Hag stated that there is a shortage of quality forwards in the team, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho all being plagued with injuries.
He acknowledged that some of his players can play in the No9 role, but the team needs quality and impact players in the offensive line. United are believed to be planning a £600,000-a-week strike force featuring Kane and Marcus Rashford, with both players earning £300,000 per week.
Although Sheikh Jassim’s bid for the club is reportedly worth £5.5bn, Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos group submitted a bid for the club just before Friday’s 10 pm deadline, valuing the club higher than Sheikh Jassim.
However, Sheikh Jassim is believed to have the financial resources to transform the club’s squad by signing the likes of Neymar and Kane to play with Rashford.
Ten Hag is credited with revitalizing Rashford, who is enjoying his best goal-scoring season. However, the manager believes that Rashford’s best position is on the wing, and he prefers a new focal point for the team’s attack.
Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Lille’s Jonathan David, Atalanta sensation Rasmus Hojland, former Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Juventus star Dusan Vlahovic are among the players United are believed to be considering for the role.
Osimhen is considered the ideal candidate to lead the team’s attack, but none of the other candidates has Premier League experience. Despite this, United remains determined to land a quality No9 striker, and with Sheikh Jassim’s potential takeover, the club could finally get the financial resources it needs to rebuild its squad.