THE SUN 🔵 Man Utd ‘draw up three-man striker transfer shortlist including Ivan Toney’ – Shango Media

THE SUN 🔵 Man Utd ‘draw up three-man striker transfer shortlist including Ivan Toney’

MANCHESTER UNITED have drawn up a three-man shortlist of striker targets, according to reports.

The Red Devils are understood to be looking to bolster their attacking options ahead of next season.

Ivan Toney is on Manchester United's three-man striker shortlist
Ivan Toney is on Manchester United’s three-man striker shortlistCredit: Getty
Jonathan David is also an option for United this summer
Jonathan David is also an option for United this summerCredit: Getty
Bologna forward Joshua Zirkzee is understood to have a £34million release clause
Bologna forward Joshua Zirkzee is understood to have a £34million release clauseCredit: Getty

ESPN report United’s wishlist includes Ivan Toney, Jonathan David and Joshua Zirkzee.

Both Toney and David are set to enter the final year of their contracts at Brentford and Lille, respectively.

However, Brentford are still set to demand £50million for England star Toney, the report adds.

Meanwhile, Zirkzee’s Bologna contract includes a £34million release clause this summer.


Despite the uncertainty surrounding Erik ten Hag’s future, United are pushing ahead with their transfer business.

The club are keen to add a striker, with Rasmus Hojlund the only senior centre-forward at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial is set to leave on a free transfer at the end of the month, whilst United have missed out on Benjamin Sesko.

The Slovenian is expected to pen a new deal with RB Leipzig following links with a move to the Premier League.

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SunSport’s verdict on Man Utd flops

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos have a busy summer ahead to get Man Utd’s squad in order for next season. Below SunSport gives it verdict on how they should deal with the Red Devils flops this summer.

Andre Onana – STAY: After a dodgy start at Old Trafford Onana has proven to be one of the more reliable members of the squad this season despite being peppered with shots constantly.

Altay Bayindir – GO: Reports in February suggested Bayindir was unhappy with his bit part role at Man Utd amid interest from Turkish giants Galatasaray. If profit can be made on a sale then it should be done.

Tom Heaton – STAY: Veteran goalkeeper Heaton, 38, is a reliable back-up and is on a relatively small wage at the club. So long as he is happy it makes sense to keep him.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – GO: Wan-Bissaka, 26, has never managed to make the right-back position his own. With his contract up in 2025 it makes sense to cash in now.

Diogo Dalot – STAY: Dalot, 26, has been one of Man Utd’s most consistent performers this season.

Raphael Varane – GO: If it wasn’t for his injury record there would be a strong shout to keep Varane, but costs need to be cut to allow the squad to be freshened up.

Harry Maguire – GO: Maguire has showed he has the right character to be at Man Utd but overall ability and desired profile are another matter, with Maguire too slow to play in a high line defence.

Lisandro Martinez – STAY: Martinez, 26, is second to none in terms of build up play. He needs a long-term defensive partner on the right side and to cut out the injuries which have plagued him this season.

Jonny Evans – GO: Veteran campaigner Evans could easily be on the stay list if he was only going to be a bit part player. But he has shown his advanced years at times this season.

Victor Lindelof – GO:  Lindelof, 29, has been reliable if not unremarkable in his Man Utd career. He has one year left on his contract so should be moved on if a decent transfer fee can be got for him.

Willy Kambwala – STAY: He should be given the opportunity to mature for a few years behind a senior CB pairing before stepping into the first team as a starter or being moved on.

Luke Shaw – GO: One of the Premier League’s best left-backs when fit, Shaw has been a good servant when available. But alas that has been his Achilles heel once again this season.

Tyrell Malacia – STAY: Malacia, 24, was decent enough to earn some merit in his first season at Man Utd before injury ended his season and inadvertently led to his second season being a write off.

Sofyan Amrabat – GO: Amrabat, 27, looked like a world beater at the Qatar World Cup with Morocco. But he’s had an underwhelming season in England and his loan spell will almost certainly not be made permanent.

Casemiro – GO: An alarming physical decline has seen him turn from key star to burden. If a club is willing to buy the 32-year-old – who has two more years on his contract – then United should snatch their hand off.

Christian Eriksen – GO: Eriksen proved a useful asset and Ineos should look to bring in another player with similar traits, but frankly his legs have looked gone towards the end of this season.

Kobbie Mainoo – STAY: The first of the so-called untouchables, Mainoo has been a rare glimmer of hope in the Red Devils midfield this season.

Mason Mount – STAY: Mount can be given the benefit of the doubt until summer 2025 at least after a debut season riddled with injury.

Scott McTominay – STAY: McTominay, 27, has proven himself to be a brilliant plan B off the bench this season, and that is exactly why Ineos should look to keep him.

Bruno Fernandes – STAY: Man Utd’s best player since his arrival just over four years ago, Fernandes, 29, remains second-to-none when it comes to creating chances while his tenacity boosts those around him.

Antony – GO: There’s a case to argue that Antony may be the worst pound-for-pound signing in Premier League history. Despite some memorable moments he simply isn’t Man Utd quality.

Anthony Martial – GO: Ultimately Martial needs to be let go when his deal runs out this summer after an appalling injury record of late.

Marcus Rashford – STAY: As easy as it would be to say Rashford should leave the club this summer, it is difficult to look at the market and find many available players capable of scoring 30 goals a season.

Alejandro Garnacho – STAY: Another third of the untouchables trio, Garnacho has made the right-wing his own since coming into it. He’s a raw talent but has shown he has the quality to improve.

Rasmus Hojlund – STAY: A slow burner in his first Man Utd season, the 21-year-old has often been starved of supply which has led to him being unable to get the goals his movement and unselfish play often merits.

Amad Diallo – STAY: In the fleeting moments he has been on the pitch for Man Utd this season, Diallo has looked dangerous and exciting. He should be given a chance to flourish with some proper chances in the first team across a whole season.

United have now identified their alternative targets in the position, though.

Toney scored four goals in 17 Premier League appearances for Brentford last term after returning from his betting ban.

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The 28-year-old’s form was also enough to earn him a place in the Three Lions squad for Euro 2024.

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As for David, only Kylian Mbappe scored more than his 19 Ligue 1 goals for Lille.

Elsewhere, Zirkzee scored 11 and added five assists in a slightly deeper role for Bologna as they qualified for the Champions League.

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