Manchester United have drawn up a list of targets as they look to provide competition and rotation options for striker Romelu Lukaku.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic injured again (and serious doubts remaining as to whether he can even come close to the form that he showed last season), Jose Mourinho has been looking at his options as he looks to keep Man United competitive on three competitive fronts for the remainder of this season.
According to the Telegraph on Friday, the names of the forwards he is looking at are Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, West Ham’s Javier Hernandez and Jamie Vardy of Leicester City.
News of Man United’s interest in Sanchez broke on Thursday morning as it emerged that they would rival Man City’s bid for the Chilean international with a £25m offer to Arsenal, plus the potential to use out-of-form Henrikh Mkhitaryan in part-exchange. While Sanchez would probably have considered Old Trafford to be a perfectly viable option in normal circumstances, however, it does seem likely that Man City are too far along in negotiations with the player for his head to be turned at this late stage.
Vardy, meanwhile, would be the most difficult transfer to pull off, such would be Leicester’s determination to keep hold of him. Foxes manager Claude Puel has already confirmed that the club are prepared to listen to offers for Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho and Leonardo Ulloa, potentially leaving the club with a striker shortage if some or all of those names depart.
The report values Vardy at around £35m but it is hard to see Leicester sanctioning a deal – especially in January – for the 31-year-old, particularly when he is just 18 months into a four-year deal.
The easiest deal of the three, and possibly the cheapest too, would be to bring Chicharito back to Old Trafford. Hernendez has been disappointing in his return to the Premier League – scoring four goals in 20 games (and none since October) in all competitions since joining in a £16m deal from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.
Reports in midweek suggested that the Hammers are open to offers for a player that doesn’t seem to suit David Moyes’ style of play, and Mourinho on record as saying that Louis van Gaal made a big mistake in selling Hernandez in the first place, now could be his chance to rectify that and bring the 29-year-old back to he club where he scored 59 goals in 157 across a four-year at the beginning of this decade.