Manchester United have again been linked with a move to sign free agent Fernando Llorente.
Llorente’s contract at Spurs expired this summer, after Mauricio Pochettino decided against renewing the Spaniard’s deal.
The report suggests the impending exit of Alexis Sanchez is being delayed because United are weighing up Llorente as an attacking replacement.
But it is believed that Sanchez will get his move to Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan before the European window shuts on September 2, regardless of Llorente’s future.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is light in attacking options after no replacement was signed for Romelu Lukaku who joined Inter on deadline day.
The Norwegian is relying on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, as well as teenage sensation Mason Greenwood to deliver the goals this season.
A move for Llorente seems nothing but a desperate last resort, given his age and style of play. The former Swansea striker does not suit Solskjaer’s fluid style, but Liverpool legend Steve Nicol believes he act as a useful plan B.
“I think this would not be the worst idea for Man United,” Nicol told ESPN FC, as quoted by Football London.
“Right now at centre-forward it’s a numbers game. They only have one and that’s Marcus Rashford.”
“They don’t have another recognised centre-forward. Of course Llorente does give you another option.
“Man United under Solskjaer want to play attacking football, they want to keep it on the ground, they want to roll it around.
But as I said, numbers-wise yes, and maybe even a change of direction now and again.
“I think this would be a good idea.”