Man United given green light to seal Victor Osimhen deal amid surprise Romelu Lukaku plan

Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli gestures whilst holding the match ball after his hat-trick during the victory in the Serie A TIM match between US Sassuolo and SSC Napoli at Mapei Stadium - Citta' del Tricolore on February 28, 2024 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy
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Manchester United have rarely struggled to convince the game's best players to join them despite their continued lack of success over the years. Recently, the club have signed Paul Pogba, Casemiro, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane from big clubs by using the attractive pull that is Man United.

Last summer, they signed one of Europe's best performing goalkeepers, Andre Onana, and convinced Mason Mount to leave boyhood club Chelsea. This year, Erik ten Hag's squad will once more be strengthened with a number of areas requiring attention.

A new centre-back, left-back, central midfielder and forward have all been earmarked as priority targets this summer. Pre-season starts this month and preparation will get underway ahead of a crucial 2024/25 season.

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With that said, MEN Sport has taken a look at the latest United news and gossip that has been doing the rounds in the last 24 hours.

Osimhen green light

As mentioned above, United have never struggled to sign big players despite their continued lack of dominance in football. This summer, Victor Osimhen could be the next big player to move to Old Trafford.

MEN Sport understands that United have not ruled out the possibility of allowing Marcus Rashford to leave amid a slight adjustment to the forward's representation. Rashford's brother, Dwaine Maynard, has held discussions with an agency to potentially assist in managing the England international.

While the preference would be keen to keep Rashford, his sale would free-up millions in wages and inject the club's books with pure profit as he is classed as an academy graduate. Should he leave, it would make United financially stronger to sign Osimhen,

MEN Sport says: "If it went down to Rashford or Osimhen, I would say there is an argument for both cases. In Rashford's corner, he has proved his quality in the past and will have a huge point to prove next season after his England snub.

"However, Osimhen would solve a number of problems in United's team. A proven goalscorer who has been wanted by Europe's top clubs for some time, his arrival would be another marquee signing for United.

"If the deal was as simple as United letting Rashford leave and Osimhen signs, I think many would accept that. However, I think there's more than enough reason to entrust Rashford and allow him to show his class."

Lukaku reunion eyed

On the subject of Man United wanting a new striker, Romelu Lukaku has emerged as a shock alternative to Joshua Zirkzee. According to reports in Italy, both AC Milan and United have earmarked the Belgian as their 'Plan B'.

A possible move would see the 31-year-old return to Old Trafford after he played two seasons in Manchester. He struggled to showcase his talent during his time but, should the reports be believed, Ten Hag is in favour of giving him another chance.

MEN Sport says: "Now I am surprised that this rumour has emerged. If United fail to land Zirkzee, does Lukaku fit the sort of profile they are looking at? At first glance, no. But the ideal striker would be someone like Lukaku who could be the perfect deputy to Rasmus Hojlund.

"A striker who boasts an impressive record in the Premier League, Lukaku is the ideal person to help the Denmark international adjust further in England. Despite a quite decent debut campaign, Hojlund currently has too much pressure on his shoulders, hence the need for a new striker.

"However, a move for Lukaku isn't likely to go down well with supporters after his difficult spell last time out."