Man Utd board have four alternatives left after Jamie Vardy and Danny Welbeck new deals | Soccer | SPORTS

Manchester United want a new forward this summer. Yet Jamie Vardy and Danny Welbeck won’t be moving to Old Trafford, with the pair signing new contracts at Leicester and Brighton respectively. Now, the Red Devils appear to be looking at four other players as they look to bolster their frontline before the transfer window slams shut at the beginning of next month.

The Independent revealed on Friday that United were eyeing Vardy and Welbeck.

But both players have now signed new deals in the short time since, meaning the Red Devils will have to look at alternatives as they ponder ways to reinforce Erik ten Hag’s squad.

United plan on bolstering their frontline, regardless of what happens with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal international wants to leave for a team that can offer him Champions League football, with Borussia Dortmund mooted as potential suitors.

They’ve already lost Edinson Cavani, with the Uruguay international leaving on a free transfer, while Mason Greenwood remains unavailable for selection having last featured for the club in January.

Express Sport will now take a look at the four players the United board now appears to be prioritizing in the wake of Vardy and Welbeck’s decisions to stay at their current clubs.

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Yannick Carrasco

Yannick Carrasco fared well for Atletico Madrid last season, with the Belgium international scoring six goals and registering six assists from 34 La Liga matches.

Previously linked to Arsenal, he may struggle to make it into Diego Simeone’s starting XI due to the wealth of talent the La Liga giants have at their disposal.

Atletico don’t want to sell Carrasco, meaning United would have to pay the entirety of his £50 million release clause to strike a deal.

However, as a winner with a proven track record, the Red Devils could certainly do a lot worse than landing the player.

Whether they go down that route remains to be seen, with Carrasco certainly not the only attacker being linked with a move to Old Trafford as the clock ticks down.

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Cody Gakpo

United have looked to the Eredivisie this summer for some of their transfer business.

Tyrell Malacia was recruited from Feyenoord, having previously looked set to move to Ligue 1 with Lyon, while Lisandro Martinez arrived from Ajax after Ten Hag pressed for a reunion.

Gakpo has been impressive for PSV Eindhoven over the past year, scoring 12 goals and registering the same amount of assists the previous season.

Viewed as one of Dutch football’s greatest prospects, United would be signing a player with the potential to become one of the best on the planet.

It’s believed PSV would sell for a fee in the region of £34m, which makes him an affordable option for the board to consider.

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Antony

United’s main attacking target, for most of the transfer window at least, has been Ajax star Antony.

The Brazil international developed well under Ten Hag during their spell in Amsterdam together and it’s understood the 52-year-old has been pushing for a reunion behind the scenes.

Antony is open to a move, having refused to rule out a departure from Ajax, but the Eredivisie giants are reluctant to lose yet another one of their prized assets.

A fee of £80m has been mooted, a fee that would make the 22-year-old the joint-second most expensive signing in the club’s entire history.

Given he’s seen as the heir to Neymar, however, United may think it’s worth coughing up the cash now to avoid the Samba star going elsewhere in the future.

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Christian Pulisic

United are eyeing a shock loan deal for Chelsea star Christian Pulisic.

And history suggests that’s possible, with the two clubs negotiating for the likes of Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic over the past decade.

Big things were expected of Pulisic when he joined from Borussia Dortmund back in the summer transfer window of 2019 as a replacement for Eden Hazard, who moved to Real Madrid.

Yet he’s often struggled for consistency during his time in west London, blowing hot and cold under both Thomas Tuchel and Frank Lampard.

United believe they can get him back to his best, however, and a possible swap deal that would see Harry Maguire move in the opposite direction has been put forward.

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