Rating Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Ibrahimovic, Vardy, Lacazette?

Manchester United seems to be deep in somewhat of a striker problem. If Wayne Rooney still has a future at Manchester United, it will be in midfield, leaving only Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and perhaps Memphis and Adnan Januzaj for the position. None of the four are experienced footballers, and the oldest of them is 22, opening up the debate that United could use a top level striker to win them games when it matters most.

Jamie Vardy’s 22 goals have been a massive component of Leicester’s title run this season, and the English striker is linked to Manchester United as a result. Alexandre Lacazette’s 12 goals in 2016 are reminiscent of his ridiculous 14/15 season, and he looks more like the real deal each week. Rounding out the list is arguably United’s biggest rumour of the summer, as the Red Devils are reportedly negotiating with Zlatan Ibrahimovic over a free transfer.

Jamie Vardy

Nate Hyatt: The English striker who worked his way up through the lower leagues has had a breakthrough season. His work rate is unmatched and this season he has seemed to be in the right spot at the right time all the time. Vardy will be 30 next season but you get the feeling he could play and score goals for a few more years. United fans have a sour taste in their mouths towards the Sheffield-born striker after his dive won a penalty in Leicester’s 5-3 win over United last season. I don’t think he will leave Leicester, especially if they are crowned Premier League Champions.

Likelihood of Transfer: 1.5/10
Quality of Transfer: 6/10

Aaron Moniz: It was only four years ago when United shelled out £24 million for a 29-year-old Robin van Persie. However, I think it’s the wrong deal on many levels. Vardy is tactically very much a counter-attacking player, something that does not fit the bill for United these days. He’d probably cost more than van Persie, which is ridiculous, and he won’t lead the club to a Premier League title alone either. United could spend extra money on Harry Kane, or spend none on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Jamie Vardy is in the wrong place between. Good player, but bad for United.

Likelihood of Transfer: 5/10
Quality of Transfer: 3/10

Matt Henderson: I can’t begin to describe how much I don’t want this transfer to happen. It’s two-fold. 1) I don’t like the lad as a person, and would be horribly dismayed if United signed him. 2) He is a one season wonder at best. Credit where it’s due, the lad has been spectacular this season and broke Ruud’s record, but I can’t see him ever repeating this type of form again in his life, there are better out there.

Likelihood of Transfer: 1/10
Quality of Transfer: 1/10

Alexandre Lacazette

Nate Hyatt: First linked with United last summer after Robin van Persie left, Lacazette has scored 21, 30, and 20 (so far) goals the last three seasons. The 24-year-old French striker had a great season last year but has been fairly quiet this season. He would likely be quite keen to join up with Martial and Schneiderlin in the United squad and have a bigger stage to prove his quality. He would no doubt be a solid signing but you have to feel there are better strikers out there available, should United be in the market for one.

Likelihood of Transfer: 5/10
Quality of Transfer: 7.5/10

Aaron Moniz: When on form, Alexandre Lacazette is one of the best strikers in Europe. However, his dry spell early this year is a red flag for a club of United’s calibre. There are massive questions as to whether or not he would adjust to the Premier League, and Lyon are stingy in negotiations. Lacazette is a tactical fit for sure, with his ability to run in behind the lines very similar to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. If United could get him for less than £30 million, it would be a good transfer, but I doubt that is possible.

Likelihood of Transfer: 5/10
Quality of Transfer: 6/10

Matt Henderson: He is a player United have been linked with for some time now, and unfortunately another I haven’t seen all too regularly to be totally honest. But what I do know is all good, and exactly what United need. Goals, pace, skills and youth all on his side make him almost the perfect target. Another playing in France which is no real test of ability, but he has also performed in the Champions League. It would be a pricey one, but a worthwhile one for me.

Likelihood of Transfer: 6/10
Quality of Transfer: 7/10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Nate Hyatt: He may be 35 years of age, but as Ibrahimovic said, “You’re only as old as you feel, and I feel young.” Ligue 1 may only be just a bit more difficult than my Saturday league, but scoring 47, 50, 31, and 45 (so far) in all competitions the last four seasons shows he is still going strong. A two-year deal to come into Old Trafford and score some goals would be a perfect fit and a new cult hero could be born at United in the wake of Eric Cantona’s sudden retirement almost 20 years ago. I hope this happens and believe it will.

Likelihood of Transfer: 8/10
Quality of Transfer: 9/10

Aaron Moniz: For the first time in his career, Ibrahimovic possesses the potential to be a hidden gem of a transfer. United needs a fiery figure to shake things up in the league, and Ibrahimovic would be perfect. He’s able to fashion chances for himself and others, can score goals in any way permitted by physics, and uses space effectively. He could lead the line for one-three years to give time to Rashford, Martial, Adnan Januzaj and James Wilson time to develop. The obvious truth is that you can’t go wrong with a cut-price player who has scored 45 goals this season.

Likelihood of Transfer: 7.5/10
Quality of Transfer: 9.5/10

Matt Henderson: I’m a massive fan of Ibrahimovic. His wealth of years is the only drawback for me, but even that can be of use to United in terms of experience. He’s won a league title wherever he has played and has banged in the goals in Ligue 1 this season. Although it is a poor league, the man oozes class and as options up front are somewhat thin on the ground, having him as one would be delightful, to say the least. On a free, there’s nothing to lose.

Likelihood of Transfer: 7/10
Quality of Transfer: 8/10


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