Manchester United have been told they signed Edinson Cavani at the ‘wrong time’ and that they now need a younger version of the Uruguay striker.
Cavani is out of contract at the end of the season, with strong speculation that he is looking to sign for Boca Juniors.
The 34-year-old has been one of the most prolific strikers in Europe in recent years. However, age is now catching up with him, as he eyes a final pay day back in South America.
United’s first ever football director John Murtough is expected to have a big job on his hands, starting this summer.
And former England boss Glenn Hoddle says signing a new No.9 would be his priority if he was in charge at Old Trafford.
Prolific Borussia Dortmund frontman Erling Haaland would be his top choice. But if the Norwegian is priced out a switch than a ‘younger’ version of Cavani would be the best move.
Hoddle told Premier League Productions: “Yeah [a striker] would be [priority], yeah. I think it’s got to be. You need a young Cavani.
“You’ve got Cavani at the wrong time. Five or six years ago, his movement, his hold-up play, everything he had and he’s got still.
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“When he plays for United I see a different United team, even now at his age. And he’s not that old, what is he, 33?
“So Haaland would be the one but how are you going to get him? Have the days gone where if United were in for you, ‘oh I’m going to Man United’? It was Real Madrid or Man United.
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“Those days unfortunately for United have gone, they’ve got to build that up again.
“But Haaland would be on everyone’s lips, everyone would want him.”
Hoddle is not wrong there, with several of Europe’s biggest hitters all chasing the Dortmund man.
Indeed, Chelsea have reportedly formulated a plan that they hope will land the player ahead of their rivals.