Ole Gunnar Solskjear has worked wonders so far for Manchester United. However, his team is far from perfect at this moment. The Red Devils are still in search of a proper No.9. Currently, they have Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani in the team as strikers.
However Martial hasn’t been consistent and he is yet to convince in the No.9 role as well. As for Edison Cavani, he was always a temporary solution. There have been reports that he might be leaving the club to sign for Boca Juniors.
Thus it is clear that Manchester United are in need of a striker. Their search for a No.9 has now taken them to PSG striker Mauro Icardi. The Argentinian international is having a season to forget. This season he has only made 19 appearances in all competitions scoring 7 goals and further providing 6 assists.
Despite his struggles this season, Icardi has previously shown an eye for goal. During his time at Inter, he was a prolific goalscorer. Even at PSG last season, he scored 20 goals in competitions. The former Sampdoria striker is still only 28 years old.
Manchester United to seize upon the opportunity:
According to French new outfit L’Equipe, Icardi is looking to leave the club in the summer. The striker’s agent/wife Wanda Nara wants the pair out of Paris for next season. It has also been reported that PSG would also be happy to let him go.
Even under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, Icardi is a forgotten man. At the age of 28, he is at his peak. The former Inter Milan would not want to waste his peak years on the bench with the Parisians. There has been interest in him from Italy as well.
He is still highly rated by the Serie A teams for his exploits at San Siro. However, they don’t have the financial capacity to match his current salary. At PSG, Icardi currently earns €10m a year, it is a figure very few clubs in Itlay can afford. However Manchester United are in a position to give him that kind of a salary.
The Red Devils have one of the highest wage bills in the Premier League. Icardi has a good experience of playing at the top level. Though it is still unclear how much money PSG will demand for him. The Parisians signed him for $50 million and they already have Mbappe and Kean on loan as well.
12th Man Opinion:
In recent years Manchester United have been heavily criticised for their recruitment strategies. However, since the arrival of Bunro Fernandes, things have changed a lot. If they plan to sign Mauro Icardi it will be a big risk for the Red Devils.
It must be understood that the Argentinian is perhaps not the same player he used to be. If he arrives at Premier League he might struggle with the physicality of the league. However, considering his previous record it shows that he is a clinical striker. It is not easy to score goals in Italy.
Italian football is considered to be one of the toughest leagues to score goals. Thus it will be a calculated risk to sign by Manchester United. A potential solution to this problem could be to sign him on loan. Though it will be difficult to sign him on loan but it will be the best solution.
A loan move will give the Red Devils some time to assess him. In case if he does not do well, they won’t have to sign him. However, if he does well, then they can sign him and he can be a long-term solution to their No.9 problem.