A solid foundation has already been laid for a successful summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked hard to sign Borussia Dortmund’s top goal Jadon Sancho and progress continues on the pursuit of Raphael Varane in defense.
Both of these additions would bring a noticeable improvement in quality for United this summer, but former striker Solskjaer refuses to rule out the arrival of a new striker in a squad already exploding in attacking talent.
Harry Kane and Erling Haaland remain the two main targets at the center-forward, although their huge prices make any deal unlikely this summer.
If a move for either duo is to take place, United will have to hope that they will still be available a year from now when adding a striker can become the priority. If they want an offensive addition in the meantime, they’ll likely have to get smart and go for a bargain option.
One of those players to consider could be Danny Ings, with reports on Monday morning indicating the striker rejected a new four-year deal at Southampton, sparking some transfer frenzy.
Ings scored 13 times in 33 appearances for Southampton last season, once again reasserting himself as a reliable Premier League shooter and one of the deadliest strikers outside of traditional ‘Big Six’ clubs.
Despite his recurring injuries, Ings, 28, has rebuilt his reputation after four difficult years at Liverpool in which he only managed 25 appearances and could be rewarded with one last chance to prove himself with an elite club.
United are supposed to be admirers of the former Burnley striker, but this summer the admiration is where their interest in Ings is likely to end.
It cannot be denied that Ings would be a useful asset to any Premier League side next season, but after agreeing to a contract extension for Edinson Cavani, he is not a luxury that must be considered by Solskjaer in this regard. moment.
United understand they won’t be able to call on Cavani for every game next season, although their alternative should be to use Mason Greenwood in a central role rather than buying a No 9 who isn’t world class.
Even though Cavani only hangs out for one more year at Manchester, the focus should be next summer on signing a player like Kane or Haaland to be their go-to striker for the next decade, making a move for Ings this redundant window as a term investment.
While there may not be a direct alternative to Cavani in the squad at the moment, there is also an argument to suggest United should prioritize the development of impressive youngsters like Joe Hugill and Charlie McNeil. in the setup of young people rather than investing a large expense in someone. which will only ever be considered as a backup option.
With the addition of a new striker only seen as a bonus this summer, United are only expected to be in the market for a good deal with the long-term ambition of signing a world-class No.9 in a year.
Ings would certainly be able to do a job for United in such a substitute role, although with priorities elsewhere and promising youngsters at the club, he’s a transfer that doesn’t need to be made this summer.
But if he’s still available on a free transfer at the end of next season, it would definitely be a bonus buy worth approving.