Man Utd step up bid to sign 21-goal striker pundit thinks would be ‘fantastic’

Rob McCarthy
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Manchester United have reportedly stepped up their bid to sign a 21-goal striker that former defender Rio Ferdinand thinks would be a ‘fantastic’ signing for the club.

The Red Devils remain on the hunt for a new striker as a long-term replacement for Romelu Lukaku, despite having the evergreen Edinson Cavani on board for another campaign. Major target Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored 21 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees last term and was crowned their Player of the Year.

His goal return matched that of England team-mate Marcus Rashford and was four more than Cavani.

Mason Greenwood notched 12 times for United, while Anthony Martial, who has been linked with a summer exit, found the net just seven times. Brun Fernandes was the club’s top scorer with an impressive 28 goals to his name.

And one United legend thinks a cheaper Calvert-Lewin should be targeted over Harry Kane and Erling Haaland.

Ferdinand said, as reported in The Sun: “Listen Dominic Calvert-Lewin for me I love him.

“I’ve watched a lot of Everton this year and he’s one that unnerves defenders. He’s not one you want to play against week in, week out. He’s aggressive, he attacks the ball.

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“I think he’d be a fantastic signing for Manchester United. It’s one out of left field a little bit but I think he’d have a big impact.

“He’d get on the end of the things created by Fernandes, [Paul] Pogba, Rashford, Greenwood.”

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Real, Arsenal are keen on Calvert-Lewin

United are not the only club interested in signing the player, however, with Arsenal also keen.

The Sun also claims that former Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti could try and take the player to Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old, who is valued at around £50million, is currently preparing for England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final with Ukraine.

Calvert-Lewin has only featured once at the tournament so far but will be hoping for a bench spot in Rome.

Another player who will be hoping for game time in the last-eight clash is incoming United new boy Jadon Sancho.

Borussia Dortmund confirmed on Thursday that a £73m deal for the winger has been agreed.

That could mean a United all-England frontline next season consisting of Rashford, Calvert-Lewin and Sancho.

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