Erling Haaland Man United’s ‘prime’ summer target, but Lautaro Martinez not ruled out

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Erling Haaland Man United’s ‘prime’ summer target, but Lautaro Martinez not ruled out

An insight into Manchester United’s key targets to reinforce the club’s frontline has, on Friday, been forthcoming online.

Reds on the up

United’s campaign, to date, has of course proven something of a mixed bag.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men currently sit in a solid 2nd place in the Premier League table, having only seen their title challenge slip away due to the stunning form of rivals Manchester City.

The Red Devils also look primed for a deep Europa League run – having made impressively short work of Real Sociedad over the last couple of weeks – and remain in with a solid shot of clinching the FA Cup.

Erling Haaland Man United’s ‘prime’ summer target, but Lautaro Martinez not ruled out

TURIN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 18: Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United celebrates a goal with teammates during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, first leg match between Real Sociedad and Manchester United at Allianz Stadium on February 18, 2021 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Chris Ricco/Getty Images)

With such highs, however, have come some equally considerable lows.

The most obvious comes in the form of United’s Champions League group stage exit, on the back of 3 losses across their final 4 outings on Europe’s biggest stage.

The Manchester powerhouse have also been condemned to a number of concerning defeats on the domestic front, including at the hands of Premier League basement dwellers Sheffield United, and Tottenham, back in October (6-1).

Haaland eyed

As such, whilst progress, overall, has been made at Old Trafford in 2020/21, it is evident that Solskjaer’s men remain, as things stand, some way from the finished product.

If the Reds truly hope to kick on towards a concerted title push next time around, reinforcements will therefore be required this summer.

And, today, an insight into some of the key targets being eyed has been forthcoming.

The news comes courtesy of the reliable Laurie Whitwell of The Athletic, who suggests that only one marquee arrival is likely to be forthcoming at Old Trafford ahead of next season.

Such an addition could well come up top, with Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland, at present, viewed as the ‘prime’ target.

A swoop for Kylian Mbappe, though, cannot be ruled out, depending on how PSG fare in the Champions League over the months ahead.

Harry Kane, meanwhile, remains ‘admired’ by Solskjaer and co., whilst Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez is viewed as a more affordable option, amid suggestions that the Nerazzurri are struggling to pay off the remainder owed to United for Romelu Lukaku.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 27 39 65
2 Manchester United FC 27 21 51
3 Leicester City FC 27 15 50
4 Chelsea FC 27 17 47
5 Everton FC 26 6 46
6 West Ham United FC 26 9 45
7 Liverpool FC 27 12 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur FC 26 15 42
9 Aston Villa FC 25 11 39
10 Arsenal FC 26 7 37
11 Leeds United 26 -1 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 27 -9 34
13 Crystal Palace FC 27 -14 34
14 Southampton FC 26 -13 30
15 Burnley FC 27 -16 29
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 26 -7 26
17 Newcastle United FC 26 -17 26
18 Fulham FC 27 -12 23
19 West Bromwich Albion 27 -36 17
20 Sheffield United FC 27 -27 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 7

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