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Man United set their transfer priority ahead of the summer window

Manchester United earmark a striker as their priority ahead of a defender

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano (h/t The Express), Manchester United have made it a priority to bring in a new attacker in the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils go into the window knowing full well that key additions have to be made if they are to push forward and improve over this season’s progress. Reinforcements are needed at either end of the pitch and the club seeks to achieve just that.

It would appear that attack takes precedence over the defence, with the likes of Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho being mooted as key targets.

United are keen to strengthen their attack in the summer (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Kane is one of the best strikers in world football and will set United back around £150million. We will also have to contend with competition from the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

Sancho, meanwhile, is a cheaper commodity. The 21-year-old has rediscovered his best form and is guiding Dortmund to a strong finish to the season.

While either player would strengthen our attack, a move for them is also set to impact our pursuit of a defender. According to the report, the budget for defensive reinforcements will be set once we finish our chase for a forward.

United are keeping tabs on Real Madrid ace Raphael Varane and Sevilla star Jules Kounde. Given the lack of finances and the fee either Kane or Sancho will command, we could find ourselves handicapped in landing a top-level centre-back.

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Just how big United are willing to go remains to be seen. Time will tell if we have the funds sign players for both positions or will have to make a decision on one of them.

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It has been no secret that United need a reliable partner for skipper Harry Maguire. However, the club’s preference to bring in a forward first is understandable.

It is not every day that the likes of Kane or Sancho are available on the market. While we should what we can to land them, we must tread with care. After all, the last thing we want is a protracted summer saga that sees us end up with no new signings.

Written by Pranav Nair

An Engineering postgraduate with a keen interest in statistics, pop culture and football.

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