Man Utd planning to replace Zlatan with £88million hotshot

Torino striker Andrea Belotti is reportedly at the top of Manchester United’s striker shortlist to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer.

The 36-year-old is currently on the sidelines after suffering a setback in his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury, having made his return to the United side in November.

The Sweden legend penned a deal until the end of June and looks certain to take up an offer from either the MLS or Chinese Super League in the summer, leaving United looking for another central attacking option to rival Romelu Lukaku.

Metro (via Yahoo Sport) claims that United are already looking at potential replacements for the veteran hitman and that Belotti is top of their list.


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The Italy international was linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer, prior to the arrival of Lukaku, and has a release clause of €100 million (£88m) – a fee that Torino would not go below if they agreed to let the 24-year-old leave.

Indeed, club president Urbano Cairo said earlier this week: “It’s the market that dictates the prices. If Coutinho is sold for €160m then perhaps, if Belotti goes back to doing what he usually does, [his release clause] will be low.”

Belotti bagged 26 Serie A goals last season but has struggled with a knee injury this campaign and has not been as prolific.