Manchester United are considering Olivier Giroud to replace Cristiano Ronaldo

January 3, 2023, 5:35 pm

Olivi­er Giroud is one of Man­ches­ter Unit­ed’s trans­fer win­dow targets.

Man­ches­ter Unit­ed are look­ing for more tal­ent in the Jan­u­ary trans­fer win­dow, but have spe­cif­ic cri­te­ria for who they want, both sport­ing and financial.

Giroud is emerg­ing as an alter­na­tive to Eri Ten Hag as the club con­sid­er the pos­si­bil­i­ty of sign­ing Joao Felix.

Accord­ing to The Times, Antho­ny Mar­tial’s fit­ness prob­lems and the absence of Cris­tiano Ronal­do, who arrived in Sau­di Ara­bia last night for Al Nasr, have prompt­ed the club to con­sid­er the for­mer Chelsea and Arse­nal player.

But the 36-year-old hopes AC Milan will offer him a new deal after the season.

Regard­ing the for­ward line, Ten­hag said, “I think it would be a good line-up with all the players.

“But we have a lot of games ahead, so I think it’s necessary.

“But you need play­ers who can make an impact, oth­er­wise you’re just burn­ing mon­ey and you can’t build a team and it’s not going to do you any good.

Utd have scored 24 league goals this sea­son, plac­ing them 10th in the Pre­mier League in terms of statistics.

A reju­ve­nat­ed Mar­cus Rash­ford has scored 11 goals across all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son, with most of them.

But Mar­tial, who plays in mid­field, has only start­ed four league games and six overall.

Unit­ed des­per­ate­ly need a stronger strik­er to meet the club’s requirements.

Atléti­co Madrid’s Felix, who missed the acqui­si­tion of Kodi Gakpo, seems to be the favorite, but the cost of the loan trans­fer is 21 mil­lion euros.

That means Giroud, who scored four goals in the World Cup, could be the sub­ject of a sur­prise transfer.

Ten Hag also revealed that he was “not com­fort­able” with bring­ing back Ama­do Dial­lo, who was on loan at Sunderland.

The 20-year-old has scored six goals in 20 appear­ances for the Black Cats, and Ten­hag hopes Dial­lo con­tin­ues to improve despite his team’s problems.

He added, “I’ve con­sid­ered every­thing, but I’m a lit­tle hes­i­tant because I don’t want to stop the process.

“He has pro­gressed so much that I am happy.”

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