Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag may have uncovered another potential alternative to replace the club’s center-forward vacuum, following recent rumors linking the Premier League giants with a deal for Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez.
What’s the latest on Lautaro’s move to Manchester United?
According to reports last week, the Red Devils are ready to compete with Chelsea and Arsenal for the signing of the Argentina international ahead of next season, with the Old Trafford club still looking for a long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo in the attack.
During the summer, it was suggested that the 25-year-old may be worth around £70 million, though it is unknown whether that valuation could climb given the striker’s ongoing, consistent goalscoring form at the club level.
According to GIVEMESPORT journalist Pete O’Rourke, the 46-cap marksman would appear to be an excellent match for United if he were to move in the coming months, with the transfer insider stating:
“He’s a quality player, a world-class striker, and I believe that’s what Manchester United will be searching for this summer: a consistent goalscorer who can boost Erik ten Hag’s rebuilding process at Old Trafford.”
Who may be the next Tevez for Manchester United?
As previously said, the former Racing Club man appears to have put himself on the radar of Europe’s elite teams as a result of his spectacular output in recent years, having piled up 90 goals and 31 assists in just 213 games for the Nerazzurri.
That includes 16 goals and seven assists in 32 appearances across all fronts this season, with six goals in his past seven Serie A games demonstrating his clinical nature in front of goal.
The World Cup winner, lauded as a “spectacular” asset by international colleague Lionel Messi, appears to have all the tools to succeed in English football, having recently demonstrated his hard-working nature by ranking in the top 3% for interceptions made among his European peers, as well as in the top 8% for blocks made.
Obviously, a tireless and dynamic presence when leading the line, the 5 foot 9 revelation has recently drawn comparisons to compatriot and fellow attacker Carlos Tevez, with the latter having previously stated:
“What a player he is: hungry, ruthless, and technically brilliant. He makes me think of myself a few years ago. He is by far the greatest of the young Argentines and has the potential to be even better.”
Those at the Theatre of Dreams will be intrigued by the comparison to Tevez, as the 39-year-old momentarily sparkled under Sir Alex Ferguson after joining the club in 2007, going on to win two league titles and the Champions League over the next two years.
With Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo as part of a tough and destructive attacking trio, the at-times underappreciated menace would eventually score 34 goals and provide 14 assists in just 99 games across all fronts.
While the now-retired striker tainted his time at United by joining rivals Manchester City in 2009, the ferocious forward was still hugely influential during his time under Ferguson, with his remarkable “work rate” and “never-say-die spirit” being a real feature of his game throughout his time in the Premier League, according to ex-City teammate Gareth Barry.
Tevez, like Martinez, was able to combine that work ethic with the ability to make a difference in the final third, and signing the Inter man this summer is going to be a great coup if Ten Hag can land a possible heir to the former Red Devils star.