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Manchester United see Premier League target as Erling Haaland alternative

Manchester United are planning to make a move for Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, according to reports.

Erling Halend remains a target, which is likely to be the case for however long Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is manager, but the club are unwilling to deal with Mino Raiola, as per The Athletic.

The report claims Calvert-Lewin has admirers at Old Trafford but notes that it will be difficult for United to strike a deal with Everton. He’s comparable to Haaland when you look at any statistic database, such as WhoScored.

Carlo Ancelotti has invested a lot of faith in the 23-year-old and he’s currently in the form of his career. Selling the striker could jeopardise the Italian’s relationship with the board.

This year he signed a new contract until 2025 and I doubt Everton will entertain any offers this soon.

It may be time to go back to the drawing board and identify more centre forwards worth their salt.

Edinson Cavani will be 35 by the time his contract expires in 2022, so Solskjaer needs to be on the lookout. On top of that, Odion Ighalo will go back to Shanghai Shenhua when his loan expires on January 31.

Then there’s Mason Greenwood, still young and developing with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has options but it’s no harm being in the market for a goalscorer.

Calvert-Lewin has become one under Ancelotti.

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