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Manchester United: Wissam Ben Yedder targeted as Romelu Lukaku’s replacement

Manchester United: Wissam Ben Yedder targeted as Romelu Lukaku’s replacement - Manchester United

Manchester United have made it a ‘goal’ to sign Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, according to Estadio Deportivo via Sport Witness.

It is thought that if Lukaku is sold by Manchester United the club will become more active in looking for a striker and Ben Yedder is the most likely target.

It is also reported by Estadio Deportivio (via Sport Witness) that the Frenchman has made it clear to Sevilla that he would like to move, however, will stop short of disrespecting Sevilla by trying to force a transfer.

The links with Ben Yedder make the most sense given the France international has a relatively cheap release clause of £36m according to talkSPORT.

Manchester United were linked with a bid for Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, however, with Arsenal surely unlikely to sell cheaply to a top-six rival, perhaps a move for the man in question would be far more affordable.

Ben Yedder has enjoyed a good spell in La Liga since his move from French club Toulouse. The 28-year-old enjoyed a brilliant season last campaign, scoring 30 goals and providing 11 assists in all competitions.

With the high prices in the current transfer market and the seemingly possible exit of Lukaku, a move for Ben Yedder would be perfect for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer.

If we are to go by Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur back in January, arguably the club’s biggest domestic victory under Solskjaer, the Norwegian will most likely go with a free-flowing and quick attacking trio in most games next season. Ben Yedder has blistering pace (also talked about within the talkSPORT report), and with Marcus Rashford alongside him and Jesse Lingard behind the duo, Solskjaer can turn to a quick attacking trio that proved successful at Wembley last season.

Lukaku is a brilliant finisher with over 100 goals in 252 Premier League games, however, last season, Manchester United legend Gary Neville voiced his doubts over the fitness of the Belgian. With that in mind, losing the 6 foot 3 and 93-kilogram Lukaku could make a noticeable difference for Solskjaer and his style of football next season.

With Lukaku possibly on the way out, a move for Ben Yedder would be a cheaper and better option for the club next season.

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