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Four stars Man Utd could sign as well as Erling Haaland if Edinson Cavani quits Red Devils

Four stars Man Utd could sign as well as Erling Haaland if Edinson Cavani quits Red Devils (Image: GETTY)

Edinson Cavani’s father has sensationally claimed his son will leave Manchester United at the end of his contract this summer – and the Uruguayan quitting Old Trafford would certainly cause problems for the Red Devils.

The 34-year-old frontman has been a valuable addition to United’s squad since joining on a free from Paris Saint-Germain and with Anthony Martial’s inconsistency, has provided a focal point up top.

Cavani has produced six goals and two assists and has been United’s main starting striker this term in the Premier League whenever fit and available.

Yet Cavani’s dad said: “My son does not feel comfortable in England and wants to be close to the family again.

“Edinson is going to end up playing in South America. I want Edinson to play in a team that fights for something important.”

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Four stars Man Utd could sign as well as Erling Haaland if Edinson Cavani quits Red Devils

Four stars Man Utd could sign as well as Erling Haaland if Edinson Cavani quits Red Devils (Image: GETTY)

United are known to be keen admirers of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland with the prolific Norwegian having been eyed before he went to Germany.

And the Red Devils are expected to try and move for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s compatriot this summer regardless of whether or not Cavani remains in Manchester.

If the Uruguay international does depart, however, that could leave United hunting the addition of not just Haaland but another option to lead the line to give them four options to play through the middle alongside Martial and also Mason Greenwood.

Express Sport looks at four players United could sign who would be drastically cheaper than Haaland and who could be signed in addition to the towering 20-year-old.

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Four stars Man Utd could sign as well as Erling Haaland if Edinson Cavani quits Red Devils

Four stars Man Utd could sign as well as Erling Haaland if Edinson Cavani quits Red Devils (Image: GETTY)

Danny Ings

Reports earlier this year claimed Ings was looking to quit Southampton to join a Champions League club this summer, which United will be.

The one-cap England international is out of contract at St Mary’s in 2021 and therefore could be available for a relatively modest fee given his desire to leave the Saints for another chance at a ‘big six’ side.

Transfermarkt rates the striker at £20million, the fee Southampton paid Liverpool to sign him permanently in the summer of 2019.

Ings scored 22 times in 38 Premier League games last season and has eight goals in 22 league games this term, but his campaign has been hit by niggles which have affected his rhythm. He had managed five goals and two assists in his first seven top-flight games before a knee problem.

He’s not the same profile as Cavani but at 28 has at least a good three or four years of top-level service still to offer.

The hard-working Ings has experience, predatory instinct inside the box and would also have no problem matching Cavani’s work-rate off of the ball.

Four stars Man Utd could sign as well as Erling Haaland if Edinson Cavani quits Red Devils

Four stars Man Utd could sign as well as Erling Haaland if Edinson Cavani quits Red Devils (Image: GETTY)

Memphis Depay

A man who knows all about what life is like at Old Trafford, Memphis Depay only scored seven times and provided six assists in 53 games in his spell with United.

Since joining Lyon, the 27-year-old has produced a much-improved 69 goals and 51 assists in 167 games, including 15 goals and eight assists in 29 games this term.

Able to play out wide or as an attacking midfielder, Dutchman Depay has predominantly been deployed as a centre-forward for Lyon, whom he captains.

Again he’s not the same style of player as Cavani but he is out of contract in the summer and on a free would be a brilliant addition, although Barcelona are keen to land the Netherlands international too.

Could United sneak in and beat Barca to a deal? His versatility means he’d get plenty of game time and perhaps the chance to right the wrongs of his last United stint could prove enticing.

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Four stars Man Utd could sign as well as Erling Haaland if Edinson Cavani quits Red Devils

Four stars Man Utd could sign as well as Erling Haaland if Edinson Cavani quits Red Devils (Image: GETTY)

Andre Silva

Only Robert Lewandowski has scored more Bundesliga goals this season than Eintracht Frankfurt striker Silva, who has 19 strikes in 22 games, also as many as Haaland has managed at Dortmund this term.

And recent reports say that the 25-year-old frontman is on United’s radar, the player saying recently of links to Old Trafford: “I’ve heard rumours, but that is it. Rumours are rumours. At the end of this season, it’s something that gives me more motivation to work.”

The Portugal international only joined Frankfurt from AC Milan for around £8m in the summer of 2019 but he has returned 36 goals and 10 assists in 61 matches Germany after just 10 goals and two assists in 41 games in Italy.

Discussing his value recently, the former Porto youngster said: “I think I heard €30m (£26m) and something somewhere.”

That fee would make him affordable for United, even if they spent big on Haaland as well, and Silva is more of the mould of Cavani than the likes of Ings and Depay.

Four stars Man Utd could sign as well as Erling Haaland if Edinson Cavani quits Red Devils

Four stars Man Utd could sign as well as Erling Haaland if Edinson Cavani quits Red Devils (Image: GETTY)

Joshua King

Former United youth prospect King only joined Everton in the January transfer window to end a six-year stay with Bournemouth.

But the 29-year-old, who was pursued by United before Odion Ighalo was signed on loan in the January 2020 window, is only actually tied down until the end of the campaign.

Solskjaer’s fellow Norwegian can play across the front three and has 48 Premier League goals in 180 games, though he has yet to find the net at Goodison Park.

Everton are thought to be pen King to a longer-term contract but United could look to steal in and offer him a deal before Everton do.

Playing for United’s senior side is clearly an attractive proposition for King, who said in September while still at Bournemouth: “I have a dream to play in the Champions League. What if United are still interested? That would be amazing. I was at United for five years and I learned lot there.”



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