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Manchester United interested in signing 30-year-old La Liga striker

Real Betis' Spanish forward Borja Iglesias reacts during the Spanish Super Cup semi-final football match between Real Betis and FC Barcelona at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on January 12, 2023.
Real Betis' Spanish forward Borja Iglesias. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United are interested in signing Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias

According to Spanish outlet Fichajes (h/t Manchester Evening News), Manchester United are interested in 30-year-old Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias and faces competition from Brighton & Hove Albion.

Erik ten Hag’s first six months at the club have given him a fair idea of the squad at hand and where all improvements need to be made.

After the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo mid-season, Wout Weghorst was signed on a loan deal but the move is seen as a stop-gap rather than a permanent solution.

Ten Hag is keen to add a proper number nine to the squad to bolster the team’s rapid development and Iglesias is one name which is being mentioned.

Manchester United 'interested' in taking Real Betis forward Borja Iglesias on loan in January.
Manchester United were interested in taking Real Betis forward Borja Iglesias on loan in January. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

Although the Spanish star is not very prolific in front of goal with 44 goals for Real Betis in 145 appearances, the uncertainty surrounding Anthony Martial’s future could lead to United looking at Iglesias as a backup option.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, SSC Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Juventus striker Dusan Vlahvovic have been touted as potential targets for the summer transfer window. They could prove to be better options, given Iglesias is already 30 and hasn’t really set the world alight in the manner that the three aforementioned names have.

Ten Hag’s current signings at the club have done exceptionally well and hence there is full trust in the manager that if he is looking at the profile of Iglesias to potentially be part of the team in the future, we need to back the manager’s vision.

Erik ten Hag looking to strengthen Manchester United squad in January but admits it is not up to him.
The board needs to back Erik ten Hag in the summer transfer window (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The Dutch manager has been tremendous since his appointment and has shut any doubts about whether he is the right man for the job.

Now the board, albeit with new ownership, needs to fully back the manager to allow him to create a squad that can challenge for the highest laurels in world football.

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