Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Sky Sports this week that he might add another striker this summer.
While most saw this as a nod to Harry Kane, it could be Danny Ings, according to The Telegraph, with United allegedly inquiring about the Southampton striker.
Ings isn’t Harry Kane, and this seems like United is doing business on a budget, but that’s part of the pull of signing the Saints forward, assuming he’s a free piece of the puzzle as opposed to United’s main transfer.
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The big dilemma in the hunt for Kane is that United would likely have to give up signing Jadon Sancho. It would be next to impossible to complete the two mega money transfers in the same window.
Sancho is a special talent who would meet a huge need on United right wing. The club waited two years for his signature and shouldn’t leave now, as Dortmund is finally ready to sell.
Six league goals less than Kane in two years
Edinson Cavani have signed a contract extension which means United are not desperate for a striker.
There’s a case where, given Cavani’s age, you need one with question marks about Anthony Martial’s quality and desire. Ings is a game of chance worth playing. With only one year of contract left, it could be very cheap.
Ings has scored 34 goals in the last two seasons. Harry Kane is 40.
Kane is quality, but is it really worth an extra £ 100million?
Kane has only played 30 or more league games once in the last three seasons, injuring him. Ings has had two serious injuries in the past but seems to have overcome them and is a better player for that. At a far lower cost, it’s less of a gamble.
At the age of 28 or 29 from July, Ings still has a lot to offer. Nobody claims he is a better player than Harry Kane, but he could be of superior value.
Ings and Sancho work better than just Kane
By moving for Ings, United can continue to sign Sancho. Both players were able to be signed for the price that Dortmund was looking for last summer for Sancho alone.
Ings on its own is just a moderately exciting transfer target. However, if a high fee is spent on Sancho, compromises have to be made elsewhere.
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Ings is proven in the Premier League, affordable and would provide tough competition and valuable cover for Edinson Cavani, who cannot start all 38 league games plus cup competitions.
You don’t know what to expect from Anthony Martial and while there should be improvements this season United can’t count on it.
A move for Imgs with Sancho will allow them to spend enough money on a defensive midfielder or a central defender, both of which should be important priorities.
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