In need of attacking reinforcements following Marcus Rashford’s injury, Manchester United were said to be looking for a new forward this January.
Names have been mentioned, ranging from Edinson Cavani to Islam Slimani, but no one appears close to a move to Old Trafford, with the stark reality of a barren window starting to kick in for many fans.
However, for the summer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has big plans, according to Cadena SER, having drawn up a ‘list of priorities’ to bolster his squad.
Among the names jotted down by the Norwegian is that of Valencia’s Uruguayan forward Maxi Gómez, who came close to a move to West Ham in the summer.
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Signed for £13m in July with Santi Mina going the other way, the 23-year-old is currently the La Liga side’s top scorer with eight goals in the league in 18 appearances, and it appears Manchester United like what they’ve seen.
Cadena SER explain club scouts have been to watch various Valencia games this season, the latest when they surprisingly beat Valencia 2-0, during which Gómez so happened to score both goals.
The Uruguay international has a release clause of €140m in his contract with the Spanish side, although we doubt he would cost that much.
He’d be expensive, however, as Valencia fought hard to get their man, and it seems unlikely they’d be willing to let him leave without a struggle just a year later.