Mourinho should be doing all he can to persuade one of these strikers to be his number 9 next season

Manchester United will have no doubt starting looking into replacements for their number nine spot. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken the Premier League by storm but the Swede is yet to sign a contract extension and at 35 he is not a long-term option. Jose Mourinho will be assessing options to replace Ibrahimovic whether that is this summer or in transfer windows to come, so he should be doing all he can to persuade any of these elite goal-machines to sign for United…

Antoine Griezmann

Easily one of the most sought after strikers in Europe, Antoine Griezmann would walk into practically any elite side. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has admitted there is uncertainty in the prolific Frenchman’s future at the club and wouldn’t stand in his way if he decided he wanted to move on. The 26-year-old striker has constantly been linked with United and he would be joining up with fellow internationals Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial if he were to make the switch to Manchester. He has netted 22 goals this season and is only going to get better.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The Gabon speed-demon has been causing havoc in the Bundesliga this season. He has averaged a goal a game and suits a number of systems. While hold-up play isn’t his game he is capable in the air but his main threat is pace on the counter. When Aubameyang gets going there is no stopping him and he is consistently providing in both domestic and European competitions.

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Alexandre Lacazette

Another Frenchman Mourinho should be looking at is Alexandre Lacazette. The Lyon striker possesses both pace and power in his approach as well as the ability to sniff out a goalscoring chance. He has netted 29 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions this season and is another forward being tipped for a big move in Europe. A transfer to any of the top six Premier League sides would be tempting for Lacazette considering much of an influence the competition has on players.

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Should United make any of these three their number nine for next season? Does Mourinho need to sign more than one forward in the summer?

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Arsenal and Liverpool suffer setback in pursuit of French international

Arsenal and Liverpool have suffered a setback in the hunt to sign the Ligue 1 top goalscorer Alexandre Lacazette after the Olympique Lyonnais club president Jean-Michel Aulas has made it clear they will do their utmost to keep their star striker at the club.

“We will do everything within our powers to hold on to Alexandre. You never have any certainties in football, but we are determined to keep him here,” said Aulas while speaking to Canal+.

“A transfer fee of €50 million (£36m) would not be enough for an attacker like him. He is priceless.”

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Tottenham and Newcastle have also reportedly been interested in the French international who has scored an impressive 27 goals in 33 league appearances this season and also won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Sunday.

Aulas knows that Lyon are undoubtedly going to be inundated with offers from England for Lacazette as the Premier League sides look to bolster their attacking options heading into the 2015/16 season.

The 23-year-old striker is contracted with the club until 2018, so Lyon will know they can demand a hefty transfer sum for one of the hottest prospects in French football right now.

Is Alexandre Lacazette worth more than £36 million?

Liverpool, Arsenal and United handed HUGE boost in chase for French £20m striker

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their chase of Olympique Lyonnias striker, Alexandre Lacazette.

The 23-year-old Frenchman has netted an impressive 27 league goals in 33 appearances and L’Equipe report that he is not willing to sign a new deal with his current club.

Lacazette is contracted to Lyon until 2018 but his decision not to sign a new deal has filled clubs chasing his services with optimism.

Lyon are desperate to keep hold of their star but will be hard pushed by clubs who are reportedly ready to offer in excess of £20 million for him.

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Liverpool are set to up their efforts to sign a new striker this summer as Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert are expected to depart and Daniel Sturridge’s injury woes continue.

Manchester United have been linked with a number of goal-scorers as Louis Van Gaal is to revamp his squad once again in their push for silverware next term.

Arsene Wenger’s side look close to being the complete package and are arguably only a couple of signings away from challenging for the Premier League title, and Lacazette could hold the key for their success.

Will Lacazette be on the move this summer and where is his most likely destination?

Manchester United looking to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to French goal-machine

Manchester United have emerged as candidates for the signing of Ligue 1’s top scorer Alexandre Lacazette, according to LeSport10.

Lacazette has been tipped for a summer move after impressing some of Europe’s top clubs with his performances this season.

The Olympique Lyonnais striker has netted 27 goals in 32 appearances, and according to LeSport10, Manchester United are a possible destination, with Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool also linked.

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At 23, Lacazette would be a long-term investment but United will come up against tough competition to secure his services, with Paris Saint Germain another club reportedly interested and Lyon are hoping not to lose their star man.

United have been linked with numerous attacking options for the upcoming summer transfer market, and having already secured the highly rated Memphis Depay, this could be an early indication of a possible deadly duo.

Transfermarkt.co.uk value Lacazette at around £17.6 million but it is reported that his services could cost any potential buyer in the region of £40 million.

Would Alexandre Lacazette be a good signing for Manchester United?

£35m-rated goal machine deals HUGE blow to Arsenal and Liverpool

Arsenal and Liverpool’s pursuit of Lyon’s goal machine, Alexandre Lacazette, has been dealt a huge blow as the 23-year-old striker says he will be with the French club next season, the Express has reported.

The Lyon forward is Ligue 1’s top scorer with 26 goals in 30 appearances and his form has attracted interest from clubs across Europe but any chances of a move away from the club is unlikely, despite the reported interest from the Premier League duo surrounding a £35 million move.

“I do not know what will happen, but at the moment I can say that I will play in Lyon next year,” Lacazette told Footmercato.net.

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Arsene Wenger’s side could have mounted a stronger title charge had they had an out-and-out goalscorer this season. Olivier Giroud’s absence through injury certainly affected their chances of winning the Premier League as they have lacked depth in their frontline.

While Liverpool’s injury woes have probably cost them any chance of playing in the Champions League next season. Daniel Sturridge has barely featured this campaign, making just 12 Premier League appearances.

Brendan Rodgers’ gamble on signing Mario Balotelli looks as if it has backfired as the Italian has scored just once in the league and looks likely to move on this summer.

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The Merseyside club have failed to replace Luis Suarez and Lacazette could have been an ideal acquisition, but Lyon are pushing Paris Saint Germain all the way for the Ligue 1 title and he will want to be playing in Europe’s top competition next season.

Lacazette appears to be settled for now, so it would appear both Premier League clubs will have to venture elsewhere in their search for a top striker this summer.

Would Alexandre Lacazette have been an ideal signing for Arsenal or Liverpool?