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Every team needs a replacement striker – someone willing to sit on the bench and fight for their chance to impress – and Manchester United is no different. That's why they brought Odion Ighalo with them, but the Nigerian may not be around for long.
Parents' association Shanghai Shenhua is striving to get Ighalo back as soon as possible, and although United is working to extend the loan to the next season, it may not be possible.
Sure, replacing it with big money signing would be the dream, but with a focus on improving other areas of the squad, money isn't unlimited.
If United loses Ighalo this summer, there are six budget options that they could turn to to replace him.
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Edinson Cavani didn't have too many options this season in Paris Saint-Germain because loaner Mauro Icardi dominated the lineup. After the Argentine sealed a permanent move to Parc des Princes, Cavani's time at the club seems to be over.
His contract is expected to expire at the end of the season, and since an extension in Paris seems unlikely, United would be advised to move in. His wage demands could be quite high, but can be done without a transfer fee that is at least payable.
The 33-year-old is still a productive, deadly striker capable of scoring goals from scratch, and his experience would only benefit Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.
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Signing Luka Jović permanently is neither feasible nor sensible this summer, but signing a loan agreement for the struggling Serb could be a wise business.
We haven't seen Jović's best in his year at Real Madrid, and Los Blancos might only be interested in loaning him before his value drops even further. A chance to rediscover their best form at United could be the best for everyone.
The Jović, who scored 27 goals for Eintracht Frankfurt in 48 games, was one of the scariest strikers ever and could be a valuable addition to the furniture in Old Trafford.
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Mario Götze's time at Borussia Dortmund comes to an end this summer, and although he's not the bloody striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for, the German could bring something new to the team.
His pushy style would help United stay ahead during the games, forcing defenders to make mistakes deep in their own half. While he may not be the man evaluating the opportunities that arise, the fact that opportunities arise should be good enough.
Even if the striker didn't have a minute, Götze could fall deeper into the middle of the field and try to pull the strings with his pass. It is a signature that could spur multiple areas.
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D & # 39; Mani Mellor is certainly the biggest risk on this list and also the cheapest option as he only needs the Academy call.
The 19-year-old was part of the young group that faced Astana in the Europa League in November 2019, and while he still has a lot to do, why shouldn't he do that with the first team?
Solskjaer is not afraid to turn to teenagers when necessary, so Mellor still has many minutes and this could be a stroke of genius.
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If the goal is to lure bleeding strikers from China back to the Premier League, then turning to Salomón Rondón should be high on the agenda.
Rondón is always ready for a physical fight. He has 140 Premier League games and is exactly the kind of reserve striker that United needs.
Similar to Ighalo, a loan agreement for Rondón would result in United covering a large part of its wages, and a purchase option would allow United to make it permanent if the Venezuelan wins.
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It's been a tough year for Teemu Pukki, who started the season as a Ballon d & # 39; candidate and will likely end with a relapse into the championship.
In a Norwich City team that fought for goals, Pukki still managed to reach double-digit numbers. The 30-year-old can hang out in the top division, if not as a starter for someone like United.
If the Canaries fall, Pukki might be available for a few cents, and that should make him so attractive to United. He would not expect constant minutes, but would still be a reliable threat to the goal on the field. The dream.
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