FORWARD THINKING MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly set their sights on Goncalo Ramos and Mohammed Kudus as striker targets for the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils appear ready to sign Wout Weghorst on loan until the end of the season following Cristiano Ronaldo’s acrimonious exit.
Goncalo Ramos is a target for Man Utd
Mohammed Kudus is also an option
Erik ten Hag is desperate to do summer business as soon as possible
But Man Utd will need a new permanent No9 at the end of this season with manager Erik ten Hag keen to do business early.
The Manchester Evening News report that the club are already eyeing deals for Benfica’s Ramos and Kudus from Ajax.
Both are reportedly more “attainable” than other options such as Tottenham captain Harry Kane and Napoli’s Victor Oshimen, who would command large fees.
Ramos could be a natural replacement for Ronaldo – as he was for Portugal at the World Cup.
The 21-year-old netted a hat-trick against Switzerland in Qatar and is also enjoying a fine season for Benfica, scoring 15 times and assisting seven goals in 25 games.
Ten Hag reportedly could also look to shop at his former club Ajax again in the summer, having already brought two of his old players, Lisandro Martinez and Antony, to Old Trafford.
Left-footed Kudus is a versatile forward capable of playing anywhere in the attack and he has scored 10 goals in 21 games for the Amsterdam giants.
The Ghanaian also found the net twice at the World Cup and is re-discovering top form after spending five months out injured last season.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a transfer to Tottenham.
Money is tight at Man Utd this month after a huge £200million-plus summer outlay, meaning a loan deal for Weghorst is expected to be a stop-gap signing as they wait for summer funds.
On the possible return of Memphis Depay, MEN suggest that Ten Hag would prefer a more marquee signing than the Barcelona man coming back on a free.