Ten Hag is ‘unsure’ over ‘gamble’ worth ‘at least £267m’ as Man Utd plan huge transfer budget

Date published: Wednesday 8th February 2023 9:24 - Joe Williams

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag looks at a stand

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag has his doubts over making a move for Victor Osimhen as the Dutchman selects his summer targets, according to reports.

The Red Devils are on the lookout for a new striker in the summer transfer market after Cristiano Ronaldo was released from the club in November by mutual agreement.

Marcus Rashford has stepped up to the plate with 11 goals and four assists in 13 appearances since the World Cup break, while Man Utd also brought in Wout Weghorst on loan from Burnley until the end of the season.

It is unlikely Weghorst will stay beyond the end of the current campaign with Man Utd seeing him as a stop-gap before spending big on a striker in the summer.

Reports are indicating that Man Utd now face a choice between Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Napoli’s Osimhen as they look to bring in a prolific striker.

The Daily Telegraph insists that Ten Hag is ‘facing a £100 million striker dilemma’ as he ‘weighs up whether to move for’ Osimhen or Kane.

A new elite striker is the ‘priority’ for Man Utd in the next transfer window but it remains to be seen whether they will go with a ‘virtual guarantee of goals’ with Kane or ‘take a calculated gamble on Osimhen developing into a world-beater for years to come’.

The report adds that Osimhen ‘better fits Ten Hag’s profile of wanting a more mobile striker who offers pace, strength and pressing, as well as goals’ but the Man Utd boss is ‘unsure’ over ‘elements’ of his game and his poor injury record.

Napoli’s demands are ‘likely to exceed £100m’ for Osimhen, while Italian journalist Paolo de Paola has told Radio Punto Novo that the Nigeria international is worth “at least €300m (£267m)”.

De Paola said: “Osimhen is worth at least €300m! I don’t see any huge differences between him and Mbappé, on the contrary Osimhen places himself more at the disposal of the team and his teammates.”

And the Daily Mail claims that Qatari investors looking to buy Man Utd want to give Ten Hag a ‘huge transfer kitty’ in time for the summer transfer window.

The investors ‘will make an offer for United in the coming days’ with the Glazers ‘seeking £6bn’ to sell the Red Devils, who they put up for sale last year.

A source told the Daily Mail: “There are significant funds available. These people are serious. They want to make sure that United are where they should be and they are confident theirs will be the strongest bid.

“They want to strengthen the squad to put them back at the top but they also want this to be for the good of the community.

“They also want to build on the success of the World Cup. They recognise that Manchester United is the biggest football club in the world, the crown jewels, and there is a steely-minded determination to buy it and get it to where it should be.”

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